Emirates Airline could not wait until this week at Farnborough to order more Engine Alliance GP7200-powered Airbus A380 airliners. Instead it chose last month’s ILA airshow in Berlin as the stage on which to announce its plans to acquire a further 32 of the widebodies.
Airbus delivered Singapore Airlines’ 11th A380 and Lufthansa’s second A380 today, raising the number of airplanes in the in-service fleet to 33. The deliveries raise Airbus’s A380 deliveries this year to 10, placing it “well on track,” according to the company, to meet its full-year target of at least 20.
Airbus is mulling a fourth A320 engine option as a tactic in its single-aisle product strategy, which is expected to lead to an all-new design for service entry in 2025 or soon after.
The latest member of the Airbus A330 family is the Series 200F cargo variant, which was launched in early 2007 and is scheduled for mid-2010 entry into service with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Crystal Cargo. The manufacturer had taken orders from 11 customers for 66 A330Fs by May this year, as it also continued to develop the established passenger variant.
Australia’s Qantas has reached a new agreement with Boeing to advance delivery of the first of eight 787-8s it has on order to mid-2012, some two years earlier than last planned. Qantas plans to use the airplanes to expand the international route network of its Jetstar low-fare subsidiary, which expects the airplanes to arrive in a two-class, 313-seat cabin configuration.
Dubai’s Emirates Airline has ordered a further 32 A380s from Airbus, raising its firm order total for double-deck transport to 90 aircraft. The parties signed the contract, worth $11.5 billion at list prices, in a ceremony today at the Berlin Air Show, witnessed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Emirates Airline group chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders.
Switzerland’s Amac Aerospace has extended its aircraft completions portfolio by securing approval from Airbus as an official completions center for its line of VIP aircraft. Meanwhile, the Basel-based facility has also just won two big completions projects for Boeing 777 widebodies, which are due to be delivered green to Amac in November and December.
Airbus did its best to show a brave face during the May 19 ceremony marking the delivery of the first Lufthansa Airlines A380. For despite the festive atmosphere and the fact that Lufthansa had become the fifth airline to accept delivery of the superjumbo, the struggles the program has experienced couldn’t go completely ignored.
The economic downturn has not dented the aerospace and defense industry’s eagerness to gather for the Farnborough International airshow. This year’s event is completely sold out, with more than 1,000 exhibitors booked to show their wares from July 19 to 25.
Lufthansa took delivery today of its first Airbus A380 during a handover ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, making it the fifth customer to have taken possession of at least one of the superjumbos. It holds a firm order for 15 of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900-powered transports, four of which it expects to join its fleet this year. Lufthansa plans to deploy its new flagship aircraft on routes to Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg.