Berlin-based carrier Germania’s parent company S.A.T. has taken delivery of the first of five Airbus A319s it ordered directly from the manufacturer.

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Scheduled for delivery from 2013, the aircraft will join the airline’s large existing fleet of A330-300s flying on services across the Asia-Pacific region.

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ILFC has ordered 33 Boeing 737-800s and signed a memorandum of understanding for 100 A320neo-family aircraft, including 75 A320neos and 25 A321neos. However, ILFC is terminating its purchase agreement for 10 A380s.

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Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for 10 Airbus A321-200ss and three A330-200F freighter aircraft to meet its passenger- and cargo-market growth plans.

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The A330-300 will be the only twin-engine, widebody type in Iberia’s fleet. Because of Airbus cockpit commonality it will fit seamlessly into the airline’s existing all-Airbus fleet, which includes 18 A340-300s and 18 A340-600s as well as 84 A320-family aircraft.

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Scheduled for delivery from 2014, the aircraft are the first A330-200s that AirAsia X has ordered. The carrier will operate them to destinations in Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

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The prospective order will make TAM the launch customer for the Airbus A320neo in Latin America and the third customer overall for the upgraded version of the A320. The airline will announce its engine selection at a later date.

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Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third-largest airline and the country’s fastest-growing carrier, has firmed into an order the memorandum of understanding it signed with Airbus in November 2010 for four A380 super-jumbos.

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Europe’s TUI Travel PLC has become a new direct customer for Airbus, with an order for two A330-300s that will be operated by its Paris Orly-based subsidiary Corsairfly.

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Thomas Cook Group has signed a firm order for 12 Airbus A321-200s as a first step in its single-aisle fleet harmonization and renewal plan, which is based on the A320 family.

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Virgin America has placed a firm order for 60 new Airbus A320s to be delivered starting in 2013, including 30 A320neo aircraft. Airbus says the Virgin America deal takes the total number of firm commercial-aircraft orders that the manufacturer has received throughout its history to the 10,000-aircraft mark.

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Deliveries of Asiana’s A380s are scheduled to begin in 2014, be completed in 2017 and Airbus says the airline plans to operate the aircraft with a premium lay-out on key routes to Europe and the United States.

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The agreement is part of an order book which now totals 242 Airbus A320-family aircraft, making easyJet one of the world’s largest customers for the A320 family.

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Initially announced as a memorandum of understanding at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, the airline’s requirement for incremental A320-family aircraft is part of LAN’s growth strategy for Latin America.

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Almost 26,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at $3.2 trillion will be needed between 2010 and 2029 to satisfy the capacity demand from airlines, according to the newly published 2010 Airbus Global Market Forecast.

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Airlines now have a choice between CFM International’s new LEAP-X engine and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G engine. Known as the A320neo, the re-engined A320 family will also sport large, fuel-saving wingtip devices called Sharklets.

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The six long-haul, twin-engine, widebody aircraft will join Hawaiian’s fleet of three A330-200s and an existing firm-order backlog of another seven A330-200s and six A350 XWBs.

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Skymark will operate its A380s on major international long-haul routes from Tokyo. Skymark Airlines is the first Japanese airline to commit to purchasing A380s.

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China Aviation Supplies Holding Company has signed a firm contract with Airbus for a total of 102 commercial jets, of which 66 are newly ordered aircraft.

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