Airbus has rolled out the first A380 for Asiana Airlines from the paint shop at the manufacturer’s Hamburg plant.

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Amedeo (previously Doric Lease Corp) and Airbus have firmed the leasing company’s order for 20 A380s, which was originally announced as a memorandum of understanding at the 50th Le Bourget Airshow on June 17, 2013.

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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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Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have agreed to form an alliance which will enable Air New Zealand to fly the Auckland-Singapore route again and Singapore Airlines to operate the Airbus A380 to New Zealand for the first time.

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Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, finalized the contract documents for the 50-aircraft Airbus A380 order during a visit to Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse. Clark’s visit to Toulouse came as Emirates accepted two new A380s (the 43rd and 44th delivered to the airline) on the same day, from Airbus’ A380 completion center at Finkenwerder Airfield in Hamburg.

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The Airbus A380 flew on December 13 from Airbus’ widebody final-assembly facility at Toulouse Blagnac Airport in France to the aircraft manufacturer’s facility at Finkenwerder Airfield in Hamburg, Germany.

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Emirates Airline has rewritten all records in civil aviation history with an order for 150 Boeing 777Xs ‒ comprising 35 Boeing 777-8Xs and 115 Boeing 777-9Xs, plus purchase rights on 50 more aircraft ‒ and an additional 50 Airbus A380s. Together, the Boeing and Airbus orders, excluding purchase rights, are valued by Emirates at US$99 billion at list prices.

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The deal takes Emirates’ total firm orderbook for the Airbus A380 to 140 aircraft. To date, Emirates has taken delivery of 39 of the superjumbos, so its November 17 order increases its outstanding orderbook for the A380 to 101 aircraft.

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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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Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 has flown from Airbus’ widebody final assembly facility at Toulouse to Airbus’ facilities at Finkenwerder airfield in Hamburg, where the aircraft will be fitted with its cabin before being painted. Meanwhile, oneworld has announced that Qatar Airways will be inducted into the alliance on October 30.

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British Airways has become the 10th operator to receive an Airbus A380, after taking delivery of the first of 12 aircraft on order.

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With this investment, Doric will offer a tailored A380 leasing solution and will make the aircraft accessible to both new and existing A380 operators around the world who prefer to opt for the flexibility of an operating lease.

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Emirates is introducing the Airbus A380 superjumbo on its service between Dubai and Los Angeles on December 2, replacing the Boeing 777-300ER which the carrier currently uses for the service.

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Airbus has delivered the 100th A380 superjumbo, handing the aircraft over to Malaysia Airlines on March 14 at the manufacturer’s Henri Ziegler Delivery Centre in Toulouse.

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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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BA will receive its first Airbus A380 in July and seats are now available for purchase for A380 flights on the Los Angeles-London Heathrow route from October 15. BA’s second A380 route will be London Heathrow-Hong Kong and customers can book flights now for travel from November 15.

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Airbus recorded a net-order total of 833 aircraft in 2012, comfortably exceeding its sales target of 650 aircraft for the year and adding $96 billion of business overall to its order backlog, going by list-price value. Additionally, Airbus delivered a company record of 588 aircraft to 89 customers.

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The deal was completed in 2012 and follows an initial announcement from Airbus and Singapore Airlines about the new order last October. As part of the deal, Airbus has agreed to take back in part exchange five Airbus A340-500s now operated by SIA in all-business class configuration.

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From the information British Airways provides, it is clear the airline’s Boeing 787-8s in particular will not provide the same levels of personal space in their business class cabins as do some of BA’s European rivals in the business class cabins of their long-haul widebodies.

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