The October 16 first flight of Qatar Airways’ first A350-900 represented the first time an Airbus A350 XWB jet configured for a customer had flown.

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The 370-minute option extends the diversion distance up to an unprecedented 2,500nm – a distance corresponding to approximately a 370-minute maximum ETOPS diversion time for the Airbus A350-900, at one-engine-inoperative speed under standard atmospheric conditions.

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Currently India’s largest domestic airline in terms of market share, IndiGo had already previously placed firm orders for 280 Airbus A320-family aircraft, 100 of them A320ceo jets and 180 A320neos.

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All 70 of the new Airbus A320-family jets purchased by China Aviation Supplies Holding Company for operation by Chinese carriers will be assembled at Airbus’ Final Assembly Line China at Tianjin.

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The European Aviation Safety Agency awarded the Airbus A350-900 its type certificate on September 30. FAA certification will follow shortly, according to Airbus.

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The first Airbus A320neo to fly landed safely back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France at 2:22 p.m. local time on September 25 after successfully completing a first flight lasting approximately two-and-a-half hours.

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UK-based low-cost carrier easyJet has placed an order for 27 additional ‘current engine option’ A320s, taking its combined total orders for Airbus A320-family jets to 415 aircraft, 315 of them from the A320ceo family.

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Swiss International Air Lines will replace its existing A320 fleet with a firm order for 15 A320neo aircraft and has secured commitments on 10 more. Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has also approved an order for 10 Airbus A320ceo jets for group subsidiary Eurowings.

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Airbus is introducing new, larger, pivoting overhead bins as an optional fit for A320-family aircraft in the first quarter of 2016, with Delta Air Lines being the first customer. Also, with Zodiac Aerospace, Airbus is developing a new version of the integrated ‘Space-Flex’ A320 lavatory-and-galley module.

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The route-proving flight trials took the aircraft over every one of the Earth’s oceans and also saw it fly over the North Pole. During its world tour, the aircraft flew approximately 81,700 nautical miles in a total of 180 flight hours.

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Airbus is likely to be particularly unhappy because Skymark Airlines’ first A380 is already flying, having performed its first flight on April 8. The aircraft was due for delivery by 2015, so Skymark Airlines has given Airbus little notice of its intention to cancel its six-A380 order.

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Airbus A350-900 MSN5 is operating a series of route-proving flights throughout the world, in an exercise designed to demonstrate readiness for airline operations. The flights will include high-airfield performance, auto-landing trials, and airport turnaround and handling services.

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The July 22 memorandum of understanding makes Hawaiian Airlines the sixth launch customer for the new Airbus A330neo family. However, it also represents another potential nail in the likely coffin of the Airbus A350-800, which as of June 30 had only accumulated firm orders for 34 aircraft.

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Its LOI makes Transaero Airlines the fifth launch customer for the Airbus A330neo family and the first European airline to commit to the re-engined A330.

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Announcing the Hong Kong Aviation Capital order on July 17, Airbus said the leasing company’s order included 40 A320neo jets and 30 A321neo aircraft.

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Air Mauritius will operate the six Airbus A350 XWB jets on its European, Asian and Australian routes.

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Airbus announced on July 15, at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, that BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China, ordered an additional 43 A320-family aircraft, while CIT Group Inc. signed a memorandum of understanding for five A321s.

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The memorandums of understanding for 80 A330neos announced by the three customers on July 15 join with a launch commitment announced by lessor ALC the previous day for 25 A330neos, taking commitments for the new Airbus widebody family to 105 aircraft in the space of two days.

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Leasing company SMBC Aviation Capital has signed a firm order for 110 Airbus A320neo-family and five A320ceo-family aircraft. The contract was announced on July 15 at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014 and brings firm A320neo-family orders to more than 3,000 aircraft.

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