Nepal Airlines Corporation, Nepal’s national flag carrier, has signed a firm order for two Airbus A320s equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices, firming a memorandum of understanding agreed on April 29.

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In a deal announced at the Paris Air Show, Tunisian carrier Syphax Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding to buy three Airbus A320neo jets. Syphax Airlines has also ordered three Airbus A320 current engine option aircraft.

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Subject to shareholder approval, easyJet has identified a future need for 100 Airbus A320neo aircraft. These will be preceded by 35 Airbus A320ceo aircraft equipped with Sharklets. Of the 135 aircraft, 85 will be for replacement, according to Airbus.

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Air New Zealand has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel-saving Sharklets, at a ceremony during the 50th Le Bourget Paris Air Show.

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Included in the Lufthansa order ‒ signed at the Paris Air Show ‒ are 100 35 Airbus A320neo jets, 35 A321neos and 30 A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft fitted with Sharklets.

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China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of its first A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing-tip devices, becoming the first Chinese carrier to do so. The aircraft is also the first Sharklet-equipped Airbus A320 assembled and delivered at the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Tianjin.

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From Toussaint Louverture International Airport, which serves Port-au-Prince, JetBlue Airways plans to offer one daily non-stop flight to New York JFK and two daily flights to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport from December 5, subject to receipt of government operating authority.

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Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wing-tip devices. The airline becomes the first in Central Asia to receive an Airbus A320-family jet with Sharklets.

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To promote the new services, through May 7 JetBlue Airways is offering a one-way fare of $80 to Tampa and $90 to Fort Myers, for travel October 24 through November 20, 2013. Fares include government taxes and fees.

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The manufacturer says Nepal Airlines Corporation chose the Airbus A320 for its fleet modernization because of the type’s operating economics, performance capability for high-altitude airport operations and operational flexibility.

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JetBlue Airways plans to launch daily non-stop service on November 21 between Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Jorge Chavez International Airport serving Peru’s capital Lima, subject to receipt of government operating authority.

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Etihad Airways is launching daily non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Belgrade on June 15 and will begin four-times-weekly service to Sana’a on September 1.

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Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana will launch new services from Almaty and Astana to Ukraine’s capital Kiev on March 31 and April 1 respectively. It will also begin flying from Atyrau, on the Caspian Sea, to Moscow on April 1 and between Astana and Orenburg in southern Russia on April 16.

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Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for 234 A320-family aircraft, among them 109 A320neos, 65 A321neos and 60 A320 current engine option aircraft.

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Airbus has now delivered 100 commercial aircraft to Japanese carriers, with the delivery on March 15 of Jetstar Japan’s 10th Airbus A320.

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Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved orders for 100 Airbus A320-family aircraft and two A380s, as well as six Boeing 777-300ERs – the Boeing widebodies being destined for Lufthansa Group subsidiary Swiss International Air Lines.

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JetBlue Airways plans to launch daily non-stop service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan on November 20.

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German flag carrier Lufthansa has taken delivery at the Airbus A320 final-assembly line in Hamburg of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets. The airline will receive 21 more new A320-family aircraft equipped with Sharklets by 2015.

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JetBlue Airways has signed a letter of intent with Airbus to acquire 110 ship-sets of Sharklets to retrofit the airline’s in-service A320s. The LOI makes JetBlue Airways the first airline in the world to decide to retrofit its existing fleet of Airbus A320-family jets with drag-reducing Sharklets.

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