The order which is expected to result from the MOU is part of Kuwait Airways’ fleet-renewal strategy, according to Airbus.

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The carrier signed the memorandum of understanding with Airbus on November 18, at the Dubai Airshow 2013. Libyan Wings plans to start offering passenger and freight charter services from the beginning of 2014.

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In deals announced on the first day of the Dubai Airshow 2013, Qatar Airways has signed a letter of intent to order 50 Boeing 777-9X passenger aircraft and has signed a firm order for five more Airbus A330-200F freighters, optioning eight more A330-200Fs at the same time.

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Etihad Airways’ new Airbus order comprises 40 Airbus A350-900s, 10 A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neos and 10 A320neos. It also has taken options on 30 additional Airbus aircraft from these families.

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Emirates Airline has rewritten all records in civil aviation history with an order for 150 Boeing 777Xs ‒ comprising 35 Boeing 777-8Xs and 115 Boeing 777-9Xs, plus purchase rights on 50 more aircraft ‒ and an additional 50 Airbus A380s. Together, the Boeing and Airbus orders, excluding purchase rights, are valued by Emirates at US$99 billion at list prices.

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The deal takes Emirates’ total firm orderbook for the Airbus A380 to 140 aircraft. To date, Emirates has taken delivery of 39 of the superjumbos, so its November 17 order increases its outstanding orderbook for the A380 to 101 aircraft.

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The second Airbus A350 XWB to fly, an A350-900 given the designation MSN3 by Airbus, landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport shortly after 2:30 p.m. local time on October 14 after completing a first flight of approximately five hours.

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Japan Airlines has placed a firm order for 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s and has taken options on a further 25 A350 XWBs.

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Airbus is to offer a new lower-weight variant of its A330-300 widebody jet, the new version being optimized for use on domestic and regional routes in high-growth markets with large populations and concentrated traffic flows.

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In deals announced at the 15th Aviation Expo China in Beijing on September 25, Airbus has announced orders and commitments from four customers for a total of 160 A320-family jets.

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Lufthansa Group’s planned firm orders include 34 Boeing 777-9Xs and 25 Airbus A350-900s. The group will also take options on another 30 A350-900s, the deal giving it the flexibility to convert part of its Airbus A350 XWB buy to specify the larger A350-1000 if it wishes.

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Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 30 A321ceo (current engine option) and 10 A330-300 widebodies, Delta’s first order with Airbus in two decades.

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Subject to shareholder approval, the deal is part of a wider IAG agreement for a total of up to 220 Airbus A320-family aircraft.

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Airbus has delivered its 8,000th aircraft – an A320 for the Indonesian wing of AirAsia. The Airbus A320 took off from Toulouse on August 3 and arrived on August 5 at its new base in Jakarta.

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Airbus has handed over the 1,000th A330, an A330-300 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, to Cathay Pacific Airways at a ceremony in Toulouse on July 19.

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Airbus reports that the first flight-test A350-900, MSN1, has accumulated 92 flight test hours and performed well since its maiden flight on June 14. Early flight-testing has already resulted in the clearance of operations throughout the entire flight envelope and initial testing of all key systems.

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After receiving approval from its shareholders, easyJet has firmed up the purchase of 100 A320neo and 35 A320 current engine option jets. Airbus and easyJet announced the initial agreement on June 18, at the Paris Air Show 2013.

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Scandinavian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding to order eight Airbus A350-900s and four A330-300 Enhanced jets, as part of its strategy to modernize its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft.

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HKAC’s MOU for 60 Airbus A320neo-family jets takes the total number of Airbus commercial jets for which the company announced orders and commitments during the first four days of the show to 466 ‒ 24 more than the number announced by Boeing during the four days.

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