The manufacturer says Nepal Airlines Corporation chose the Airbus A320 for its fleet modernization because of the type’s operating economics, performance capability for high-altitude airport operations and operational flexibility.

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Hawaiian Airlines has placed a firm order for 16 Airbus A321neos and secured purchase rights on nine more, finalizing a memorandum of understanding that Hawaiian reached with Airbus in January for its planned acquisition of up to 25 of the type.

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Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for 234 A320-family aircraft, among them 109 A320neos, 65 A321neos and 60 A320 current engine option aircraft.

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Airbus has now delivered 100 commercial aircraft to Japanese carriers, with the delivery on March 15 of Jetstar Japan’s 10th Airbus A320.

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Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines’ contract includes firm orders for 25 Airbus A321 current engine option jets, four A320neos and 53 A321neos. Turkish Airlines has also taken options on 35 additional A321neos. This order is the largest ever placed by a Turkish carrier, according to Airbus.

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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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German flag carrier Lufthansa has taken delivery at the Airbus A320 final-assembly line in Hamburg of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets. The airline will receive 21 more new A320-family aircraft equipped with Sharklets by 2015.

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JetBlue Airways has signed a letter of intent with Airbus to acquire 110 ship-sets of Sharklets to retrofit the airline’s in-service A320s. The LOI makes JetBlue Airways the first airline in the world to decide to retrofit its existing fleet of Airbus A320-family jets with drag-reducing Sharklets.

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Low-cost carrier Jetstar Japan has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklet fuel-saving wingtip devices, becoming the first Japanese carrier to operate an Airbus aircraft with Sharklets.

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Air Lease Corporation also has taken options on five additional A350-1000s. With this new order, ALC becomes the 35th A350 XWB customer and the A350 XWB backlog goes above 600, to 617. ALC’s orders for the Airbus A320neo family have reached 50 aircraft, of which up to 34 will be A321neos.

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Indian carrier GoAir has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped Airbus A320, two days after the similarly named IndiGo became the first Indian airline to receive a Sharklet-equipped A320.

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IndiGo, India’s largest carrier in terms of market share and its most consistently profitable airline, took delivery of the Sharklet-equipped new A320 on January 28, 2013. The aircraft is the 62nd new A320 delivered to the Indian carrier, which operates an all-Airbus fleet.

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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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Tunisian carrier Syphax Airlines has ordered three Airbus A320neos and three Airbus A319s and A320s, according to engine manufacturer CFM International.

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BOC Aviation’s order includes A320 and A321 versions of both neo (new engine option) and ceo (current engine option) versions.

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The contract, signed in December, represents the first direct purchase by Citilink from Airbus. It follows an order placed in 2011 by Garuda Indonesia for 15 Airbus A320 and 10 Airbus A320neo aircraft for operation by Citilink.

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The firm order increases by five aircraft Avolon’s initial commitment for 15 Airbus A320neo aircraft, announced last July at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 as a memorandum of understanding.

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The purchase agreement from the Lebanese airline follows MEA’s signing a memorandum of understanding on July 12, 2012. Airbus announced the deal at the Farnborough Airshow International 2012.

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