Announcing its 25-aircraft Airbus A330neo launch commitment on July 14 on the first day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, Air Lease Corporation simultaneously placed a firm order for 60 Airbus A321neo single-aisle aircraft.

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Following the mounting of its Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines and painting of the aircraft, the manufacturer rolled out the first Airbus A320neo on July 1.

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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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Royal Brunei Airlines has placed a firm order for seven A320neo aircraft along with options on three more, under the latest phase of its fleet modernization program.

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All Nippon Airways’ parent company ANA Holdings is placing firm orders on the airline’s behalf for 70 new aircraft from Boeing and Airbus, Boeing emerging with the bulk of the business in terms of both aircraft numbers and dollar value.

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With the signing of a series of agreements on March 26 in Paris, Airbus and China have laid the foundation for extending their cooperation farther into the future. China Aviation Supplies Holding Company and Airbus have also signed a general terms agreement covering orders for 70 Airbus jets.

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The memorandum of understanding covers firm orders for 37 aircraft, plus options on 13 more. Tigerair’s Airbus A320neo jets will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines and will be operated by the airline throughout its Asia-Pacific route network.

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The final-assembly process for the Airbus A320neo has begun with the join-up of the forward and aft fuselage sections at the A320 Final Assembly LIne in Toulouse.

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According to Airbus, Kuwait Airways’ order forms part of the airline’s fleet renewal strategy. Kuwait Airways already operates three A320s, three A310s, five A300s and four A340-family aircraft.

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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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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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The order which is expected to result from the MOU is part of Kuwait Airways’ fleet-renewal strategy, according to Airbus.

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The carrier signed the memorandum of understanding with Airbus on November 18, at the Dubai Airshow 2013. Libyan Wings plans to start offering passenger and freight charter services from the beginning of 2014.

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Etihad Airways’ new Airbus order comprises 40 Airbus A350-900s, 10 A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neos and 10 A320neos. It also has taken options on 30 additional Airbus aircraft from these families.

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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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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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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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