To celebrate its 250th Airbus delivery, easyJet’s newest Airbus A320 was unveiled bearing a unique livery, which features a large ‘250’ made up of 250 miniature aircraft symbols on the A320’s rear fuselage.

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Pratt & Whitney has confirmed that the first PurePower PW1000G geared-turbofan engine to enter service will be a PW1100G on an Airbus A320neo rather than a PW1500G on a Bombardier CS100.

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Airbus has delivered its 9,000th commercial jet, at a ceremony at Finkenwerder Airfield near Hamburg on March 20. The milestone aircraft is the first Airbus A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir.

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Four months after entering the A330 Final Assembly Line at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, and less than two months after its maiden flight, the first 242-tonne maximum take-off weight variant of the A330 has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop after final painting.

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ALC was first customer to sign commitments for both the A300neo family and the A321LR, signing up for 25 A330-900neos at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014 and signing a memorandum of understanding for 30 A321LRs in January 2015.

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he commitment makes Arkia the first Airbus widebody customer in Israel and the first customer for the Airbus A330nee family in the Middle East.

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The A321neos will join an existing fleet of Airbus A320-family aircraft operated by Asiana Airlines and its low-cost subsidiary Air Busan. The A321 is set to become the primary single-aisle type at both units, the manufacturer says.

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According to the manufacturer, Avianca Holdings S.A. will base its short- and medium-haul fleet renewal strategy on the Airbus A320neo family.

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Airbus has officially launched a new version of the A321neo with 97 tonnes maximum take-off weight, having secured the first commitment for the new version from Air Lease Corporation.

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The order comprises 74 Airbus A320neo jets, 16 A320s and 10 A321s. Including its new order, CALC’s total backlog with Airbus stands at 140 A320-family aircraft.

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Upon signing its initial commitment in July at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, Avolon became one of the launch customers of the Airbus A330neo family.

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Delivery of the first customer Airbus A350-900 to Qatar Airways took place nine days later than the December 13 date originally announced by Qatar Airways on December 4.

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This is the largest single order to date for the Airbus A330 family and reaffirms AirAsia X’s position as the biggest A330 airline customer worldwide, having now ordered a total of 91 A330-family jets.

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Launch customer Qatar Airways is officially to take delivery on Saturday, December 13 of the first of 80 Airbus A350 XWB widebodies it has on order. Airbus will hand over the milestone A350-900 to the carrier at the manufacturer’s widebody final-assembly and delivery facility at Toulouse Blagnac Airport.

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Aircraft leasing and financing company CIT Group Inc. has firmed into an order the commitment it signed at the Farnborough International Airshow in July for 15 Airbus A330-900neo widebodies and five A321ceo jets.

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Finnair has converted its eight A350 options into a firm order, increasing its firm A350-900 buy to 19 aircraft. At Airbus list prices, the value of the eight A350-900s “would be approximately €1.9 billion” ($2.34 billion), according to Finnair, which is unlikely to be paying anywhere near that much.

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All 63 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft to be operated by Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, according to engine joint venture CFM International, which officially confirmed the news on November 28 before Airbus itself did.

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In addition to its 50-aircraft order of November 20 and its order for 10 A330-300s from September 2013, Delta also has 45 Airbus A321s on firm order, bringing its total Airbus backlog to 105 aircraft.

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Airbus has decided to launch development and production of five new Beluga outsize-cargo transporters, to accompany the ramp-up of A350 XWB production and other aircraft production-rate increases.

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