Hawaiian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding to order 16 new Airbus A321neos for delivery between 2017 and 2020, with rights to purchase nine more. The A321neos will complement its existing widebody fleet on routes between Hawai’i and the U.S. West Coast.

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The stylish fledgling carrier has earned customer loyalty from many travelers who have flown it, especially frequent fliers fatigued and frustrated by the vexations of U.S. domestic air travel.

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The A320 family’s Sharklets are made from lightweight composite materials and are 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) tall. These newly designed wing-tip devices reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the aerodynamics of the aircraft significantly.

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The deal is the largest single commercial aircraft order ever placed by an airline in Turkey, according to Airbus. It is also a significant win for Airbus in that until now Pegasus Airlines has been a confirmed Boeing 737 customer.

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The order covers an additional 64 A320neo and 36 A320ceo aircraft for operation across the AirAsia network.

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Starflyer already operates an all-Airbus fleet of seven leased A320s, the first of which was delivered in Toulouse exactly seven years ago. With the aircraft delivered on December 12, the airline’s fleet will raise to eight A320s and it has another six to be delivered via lease and direct purchase.

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According to the manufacturer, EASA European certification for CFM56-powered Airbus A320-family jets with Sharkets will be followed very soon by certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

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The new A320neo jets will support Interjet’s continued network expansion and fleet renewal plans. Interjet now has a backlog of 45 Airbus A320-family aircraft, including its November 13 order.

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The latest contract takes TransAsia Airways’ total orders for Airbus single-aisle aircraft to 29, of which 11 have already been delivered. The carrier’s single aisle backlog now comprises 12 A321neo and six Sharklet-equipped A321ceo jets.

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Aeroflot, the Russian national carrier, has taken delivery of another new A330-300, which will become the 100th Airbus aircraft to enter service with the airline.

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EVA Air of Taiwan has become a new operator of Airbus single-aisle aircraft following the delivery on October 31 of the first of 12 leased A321s.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has signed a firm order for two additional Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans. The airline has also converted previous orders for seven A320s to the larger A321 model.

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The 100th A320-family aircraft assembled at Airbus’ A320 Family Final Assembly Line China was handed over on September 25 to Air China. Delivery of the milestone aircraft from the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre comes 39 months after the first was delivered on June 22, 2009.

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Delivery of the first Airbus A320 equipped with fuel-saving Sharklets will be made to AirAsia at the end of this year.

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This is the second large Airbus A320-family order that ICBC Leasing has placed in 14 months. On June 28, 2011, ICBC Leasing placed a firm order for 42 A320-family aircraft as part of a General Terms Agreement covering 88 A320-family jets.

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Philippine Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus covering 34 A321s, 10 A321neo jets and 10 A330-300 widebodies. Philippine Airlines is purchasing the aircraft under a major fleet modernization program and deliveries of its new Airbus aircraft are due to start in 2013.

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The Qantas Group is restructuring its Boeing 787-9 delivery schedule and canceling orders for 35 Boeing 787-9s as part of its five-year turnaround plan for the company’s loss-making Qantas International division.

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SilkAir has signed a letter of intent to purchase up to 68 new Boeing 737s from the manufacturer. Its 737 order will comprise firm orders for 54 aircraft and purchase rights for another 14. The carrier will place firm orders for 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets.

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Ireland-based leasing company Avolon has signed a memorandum of understanding at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 for 15 Airbus A320neo jets. Avolon becomes a new customer for the Airbus A320neo.

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