The order covers an additional 64 A320neo and 36 A320ceo aircraft for operation across the AirAsia network.

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According to the manufacturer, EASA European certification for CFM56-powered Airbus A320-family jets with Sharkets will be followed very soon by certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

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The new A320neo jets will support Interjet’s continued network expansion and fleet renewal plans. Interjet now has a backlog of 45 Airbus A320-family aircraft, including its November 13 order.

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This is the second large Airbus A320-family order that ICBC Leasing has placed in 14 months. On June 28, 2011, ICBC Leasing placed a firm order for 42 A320-family aircraft as part of a General Terms Agreement covering 88 A320-family jets.

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The Qantas Group is restructuring its Boeing 787-9 delivery schedule and canceling orders for 35 Boeing 787-9s as part of its five-year turnaround plan for the company’s loss-making Qantas International division.

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Ireland-based leasing company Avolon has signed a memorandum of understanding at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 for 15 Airbus A320neo jets. Avolon becomes a new customer for the Airbus A320neo.

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Middle East Airlines-Air Liban, the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a memorandum of understanding for five A320neo and five A321neo jets, and has optioned eight additional A320neo-family aircraft.

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Marking the start of manufacturing of the airliner, machining began on July 8 of the first engine-pylon component at the Saint-Eloi Airbus pylon and nacelle factory in Toulouse.

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The firm contract is an increase of the previous agreement signed at the 2011 Dubai Airshow for 50 Airbus A320neo-family jets.

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Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has signed a purchase contract for 30 A320neo jets and 14 A320s, firming up a memorandum of understanding it signed on November 16.

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The order follows a memorandum of understanding which Transaero Airlines signed in August at the MAKS-2011 International Aviation and Space Salon in Moscow.

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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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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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