Airbus announced on July 15, at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, that BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China, ordered an additional 43 A320-family aircraft, while CIT Group Inc. signed a memorandum of understanding for five A321s.

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Leasing company SMBC Aviation Capital has signed a firm order for 110 Airbus A320neo-family and five A320ceo-family aircraft. The contract was announced on July 15 at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014 and brings firm A320neo-family orders to more than 3,000 aircraft.

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Air New Zealand placed a firm order on June 2 for three Airbus A321neo, 10 A320neo and one additional A320ceo single-aisle jets. On the same day, Delta Air Lines placed a follow-on order for 15 more Airbus A321 current-engine option (ceo) jets to add to 30 it had previously ordered.

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Chinese start-up Qingdao Airlines has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets, on lease from Hong Kong-based China Aircraft Leasing Company.

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The purchase agreement signed by VietJetAir covers firm orders for 42 Airbus A320neo jets, 14 A320ceo aircraft and seven A321ceos, plus purchase rights for 30 more A320-family aircraft. In addition the airline will lease eight more A320-family jets from third-party lessors.

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During February and March, Lufthansa is taking delivery of three Boeing 747-8Is, one Airbus A380, one A330-300 ‒ the last of 19 on order ‒ and two A320s. Overall, Lufthansa Group expects to receive 23 new commercial aircraft this year.

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Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to operate as a passenger airline. If successful in its application, it expects to begin soon the process of FAA certification under FAR Part 121.

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JetBlue Airways plans to launch daily non-stop service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Santiago de los Caballeros, the second-largest city in the Dominican Republic, on May 1.

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The interior refurbishments by Delta Air Lines will provide power at every seat, add new slim-line seats with adjustable headrests, install updated lavatories, add more efficient galleys and additional features to improve passenger comfort.

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Zhejiang Loong Airlines has become the newest Airbus operator in mainland China, having completed its maiden commercial flight with a leased Airbus A320. The carrier has also signed its first order with Airbus, for 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo jets.

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Among the new services are year-round daily flights to Jacksonville in Florida and Richmond in Virginia. Delta Air Lines will also offer new service from Boston to Las Vegas.

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Together, Lufthansa and fast-growing low-cost subsidiary Germanwings will serve 211 destinations in 81 countries in their forthcoming winter flight schedules, a marginal expansion of services which includes at least one new destination, the Russian resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea.

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In deals announced at the 15th Aviation Expo China in Beijing on September 25, Airbus has announced orders and commitments from four customers for a total of 160 A320-family jets.

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JetBlue Airways is planning to launch non-stop service in February 2014 to Trinidad and Tobago’s capital Port of Spain and to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport from New York JFK.

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Subject to shareholder approval, the deal is part of a wider IAG agreement for a total of up to 220 Airbus A320-family aircraft.

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Airbus has delivered its 8,000th aircraft – an A320 for the Indonesian wing of AirAsia. The Airbus A320 took off from Toulouse on August 3 and arrived on August 5 at its new base in Jakarta.

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South African Airways has taken delivery of its first two A320s from an order for 20 A320-family aircraft placed with Airbus in 2010.

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After receiving approval from its shareholders, easyJet has firmed up the purchase of 100 A320neo and 35 A320 current engine option jets. Airbus and easyJet announced the initial agreement on June 18, at the Paris Air Show 2013.

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New Tunisian carrier Syphax Airlines has firmed a memorandum of understanding signed at the Paris Air Show 2013 to buy three Airbus A320neo jets and three A320 current engine option aircraft. The purchase represents the first time an Africa-based carrier has ordered the Airbus A320neo family.

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