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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The first Airbus A350 XWB flight-test airframe has moved from the Roger Béteille A350 XWB final assembly line ‘Station 30’ to the Clément Ader ground-test area ‘Station 18′ at Airbus’ facility in Toulouse.

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The two new options allow more flexibility and increase the number of seats which can be installed, for the same comfort standard, according to Airbus. In addition, the new options raise the Airbus A321neo’s maximum exit limit beyond 220 seats, to as many as 236.

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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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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 deal was completed in 2012 and follows an initial announcement from Airbus and Singapore Airlines about the new order last October. As part of the deal, Airbus has agreed to take back in part exchange five Airbus A340-500s now operated by SIA in all-business class configuration.

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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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This is the second time CIT has ordered Airbus A350 XWB widebodies and brings the lessor’s total backlog for the type to 15. CIT ordered five A350-800s in 2006.

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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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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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Airbus has moved to improve the A330-300 and A330-200 by offering a 242-metric-tonne maximum take-off weight capability for both models and, for the larger A330-300, an increased fuel-capacity option.

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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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SIA’s latest A380 order will be the third to be placed by the airline and its A350 XWB order the second. Singapore Airlines now operates 19 Airbus A380s and already had firm orders in place for 20 A350s, for delivery from 2015. SIA will transfer 20 Boeing 787s on order to low-cost arm Scoot and return its five A340-500s to Airbus.

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Turkish Airlines has placed an order for 15 A330-300s, the carrier’s seventh order for the A330 family and its 20th Airbus order overall. The 15 new Airbus A330-300 widebodies will be operated on medium- and long-haul routes from the Turkish Airlines hub at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport.

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Thai Airways International has taken delivery of the first of six Airbus A380s on order, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s largest airliner.

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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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AviancaTaca took delivery of its 100th aircraft from Airbus on September 17 in Toulouse, when Avianca accepted its ninth new A330-200 from the manufacturer.

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