The first flight marks the start of the early flight-test campaign to capture data for fine-tuning the flight laws for Sharklet-equipped A320s, as well as for certification and performance validation.

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Finnair plans to reduce the size of its narrowbody fleet by four aircraft in autumn 2012 as part of a savings program aimed at cutting €140 million from the airline’s annual costs.

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American Airlines has selected the Airbus A319 and A321 as the variants it will receive under its 130-aircraft A320-family fleet order, which the carrier announced in July. American is not confirming yet the exact breakdown of the two types by numbers of aircraft.

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Airbus has completed installation of the first set of ‘Sharklet’ wing-tip devices on the company’s A320 development aircraft.

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When firmed, the order will make Volaris Airlines the first customer for the A320neo in Mexico, according to Airbus, which announced the Volaris MOU just after the close of the Dubai Airshow 2011.

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Qatar Airways signed a firm order on November 15 at the Dubai Airshow 2011 for 50 A320neo-family jets and five Airbus A380 super-jumbos. Reports from the show indicate that the airline has also optioned another 30 Airbus A320neo-family jets and three additional A380s.

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Spirit Airlines and Airbus have signed a memorandum of understanding as a preliminary to an order for 45 Airbus A320neos and 30 A320s.

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The latest order from ACG for 30 A320neo-family jets, signed at the Dubai Airshow 2011, brings the lessor’s total A320-family order book to 98 aircraft.

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The firm contract signed on November 14 at Dubai Airshow 2011 increases by 20 to 50 aircraft an initial memorandum of understanding which ALAFCO signed at the Paris Airshow in June for 30 A320neos, all of which are now confirmed.

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Frontier Airlines’ parent Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. has upgraded a previously announced memorandum of understanding for 80 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft into a firm order for 60 Airbus A320neos and 20 A319neos.

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Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation has taken delivery of its first aircraft, a new Airbus A320 acquired on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services.

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JetBlue Airways has finalized a firm order for 40 Airbus A320neo (new engine option) aircraft previously announced at the Paris Air Show in June. It has also finalized conversion of pre-existing orders for 30 Airbus A320s to the larger Airbus A321 model, with Sharklet wing-tip devices.

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The order follows a memorandum of understanding signed in February. Engine selection will be announced by the airline at a later date, according to Airbus.

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The deal should push the total orderbook for the Airbus A320 family over the 8,000-aircraft mark, as Airbus already held firm orders for well over 7,900 A320-family jets.

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Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of two additional A380s, four A320s and one A330-300.

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Qantas Group’s commitment to order a minimum of 106 A320-family aircraft includes 78 A320neo jets. In parallel with its new A320-family order, Qantas has decided to defer deliveries of the last six of its 20 A380s by up to six years.

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Thai Airways International has signed a firm order with Airbus for four A350-900s and five A320s, becoming a new customer for both aircraft types. The airline has also agreed to lease eight additional A350-900s and six more A320s from third-party lessors.

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CIT Aerospace has signed a formal purchase agreement with Airbus for the 50 A320neo-family aircraft for which it signed a memorandum of understanding at the 49th Le Bourget airshow on June 21, 2011.

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The order makes Garuda Indonesia a new A320-family customer and covers 15 standard A320s and 10 A320neos for operation by the carrier’s low-cost unit Citilink. The airline will announce its engine selection for the aircraft in the near future, according to Airbus.

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