Approved for airline service: how the A321neo received its airworthiness certification

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This month’s A321neo certification was the culmination of an extensive effort to confirm the “ready-for-service” status of Airbus’ longest-fuselage version in its New Engine Option single-aisle jetliner family.

To receive such type certification, Airbus demonstrates that every system, characteristic and feature of an aircraft is airworthy – with the related activity involving ground-based and flight tests to measure how the jetliner performs in all conditions.

It was a recognition of Airbus’ expertise and mastery of new technology, and acknowledged the engagement of employees as well as industrial partners who have worked together during the aircraft’s development.

The 15 December type certification was granted for the A321neo version powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines, being jointly issued by the world’s two largest airworthiness authorities: the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States.

Airbus’ A321neo version with the other available powerplant – CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines – will be certified in the coming months.

Source: Airbus.

Air Canada launches new non-stop service between Montreal and San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Air Canada today (December 17th, 2016) inaugurated a new non-stop service between Montreal and Puerto Rico. This morning’s departure of Air Canada flight AC958 marks the beginning of weekly flights from Montreal to San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, which will operate as a seasonal service this winter.

“This new route from Montreal will make it easier for customers to travel to Puerto Rico from eastern Canada and complements our existing twice-weekly services between Toronto and San Juan. It also strengthens Air Canada’s Montreal hub, which is playing a significant strategic role in our ongoing global expansion. Our capacity in Montreal is up nearly 20 per cent over the last two years and in the past year alone we have launched or announced 13 new destinations from the city, including Shanghai, Algiers, Lyon, and Marseille,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“I would like to congratulate and thank Air Canada for adding San Juan, Puerto Rico to its already impressive list of non-stop destinations served from Montreal,” said James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aéroports de Montréal. “This new service will offer one more option to our passengers seeking to diversify their sun destinations.”

Air Canada’s Montreal-San Juan flights will operate with a 146-seat Airbus A320 featuring two classes of service with 14 Business Class seats and 132 seats in Economy Class. The aircraft features a personal seatback In-Flight Entertainment system and a power outlet available at every seat throughout the aircraft. Flights are timed for convenient connections through Air Canada’s extensive international network and provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Montreal, priority boarding and other benefits.

Flight

Departs

Arrives

Day of the week*

AC958

Montreal at 8:00

San Juan at 14:00

Saturday

AC959

San Juan at 14:45

Montreal at 18:59

Saturday

*: Service operates until April 22, 2017.
Source: Air Canada.

Airbus A321neo with P&W engines receives Type Certification

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Following a comprehensive flight test programme, the A321neo powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 15th December 2016.

The documents were respectively signed by EASA’s Certification Director Trevor Woods and by Jeffrey Duven, FAA Manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate – Aircraft Certification Service. Both certificates were handed over to Airbus Executive Vice President Programmes, Didier Evrard, and Airbus Senior Vice President A320 Family Programme, Klaus Roewe.

“The A321neo allows airlines to upsize their fleets while offering a winning combination of unbeatable economics and comfort. This aircraft contributes already some 40 per cent to our single aisle deliveries, and further growing,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. ”Today’s certification is a rewarding tribute to all the teams who have been instrumental in making this essential milestone happen.”

The A321neo – the largest member of the A320neo Family – successfully completed a certification programme accumulating over 350 flight hours in more than 130 flights; validating its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure the aircraft successfully meets all airworthiness criteria. The campaign also confirmed the aircraft is meeting its performance targets in terms of fuel burn and range. Offering significant environmental benefits, including a smaller noise footprint, the aircraft also demonstrated excellent low speed performance capabilities for its operators.

The Pratt & Whitney powered aircraft is the first variant of the A321neo to have received EASA and FAA Type Certification. The A321neo with CFM International LEAP-1A engines will be certified in the coming months.

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 4,800 orders from 89 customers, capturing 60 percent share of the market. Thanks to their wide cabin, all members of the A320neo Family offer an unmatched passenger experience in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard.

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ANA takes delivery of its first A320neo

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Tokyo-based airline ANA has taken delivery of its first A320neo becoming the first A320neo operator in Japan.

ANA’s A320neo is configured for 146 passengers in a two-class cabin layout with 8 business class seats and 138 economy class seats. It is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines. ANA plans to start scheduled commercial services from Japan to Asian cities including China in January next year.

ANA HOLDINGS, the parent company of ANA, placed orders for a total of 37 A320 Family aircraft including seven A320neos, 26 A321neos and four A321ceos in 2014 and 2015. The company also ordered three A380s this year.

The A320neo Family incorporates the latest engines and aerodynamic enhancements, delivering more than 15 percent fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020. With over 4,800 orders received from 89 customers, the A320neo Family has captured over 60 percent market share in its category.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 12,800 orders since launch and more than 7,300 aircraft delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard.

Source: Airbus.

Delta Air Lines receives its first U.S.-produced Airbus aircraft

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The first delivery of an A321 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Delta Air Lines took place today, in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Delta Air Lines, a team of Delta employees from the airline’s Minneapolis-St. Paul station, and representatives of the more than 370 employees at the facility.

Bob Lekites, Executive Vice President-Customers, Airbus Americas said, “Airbus is committed to giving our customers the right products for a marketplace that needs modern, efficient and passenger-friendly aircraft.  Delta has recognized our commitment to our customers, and has determined we were the right partner for them. Delta already operates 137 A320 family aircraft and 40 A330 and have another 123 aircraft on order—including A320 family, A330 and A350 aircraft. Just this year, Delta placed its third A321 ceo order in three years. So this is definitely the first of many deliveries Delta will take from Mobile in the next few years.”

“The first Delta A321 produced in Mobile will be our 12th overall for Delta. We look forward to taking many more A321s in the years ahead to safely and comfortably get our customers to their destinations,” said Greg May, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Supply Chain Management and Fleet. “We appreciate our partnership with Airbus and the great manufacturing work produced at the Mobile facility.”

Airbus announced its commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in 2012, and less than one year later, broke ground on the $600 million facility. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant took place in September 2015. The aircraft delivered today is the 15th aircraft delivered from the Mobile facility.

Airbus anticipates delivering four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the end of 2017. The initial deliveries will all be A320 Family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.

In addition to hundreds of new Airbus jobs the project has brought to the local community, the Mobile area has seen many Airbus suppliers open new facilities in the region, providing even more employment and a parallel boost to the local economy. Airbus is proud to boast that more than 85 percent of its employees are from the Gulf Coast region, with nearly one third being U.S. military veterans.

Source: Airbus.

Austrian Airlines: Airbus A320 OE-LBZ took off on maiden flight to Bucharest

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines - Hannes Winter.

Courtesy: Austrian Airlines – Hannes Winter.

The Airbus A320 with the registration number OE-LBZ took off punctually today (November 28th, 2016) at 7:15 a.m. local time on its first flight OS 789 from Vienna to Bucharest. The aircraft named “Obertauern” offers sufficient space to seat 168 passengers. The medium-haul jet with the Star Alliance livery will be primarily deployed for bilateral flight traffic between Austria and Germany.

In addition to upgrading the fleet by integrating almost new Embraer aircraft to replace its Fokker jets, Austrian Airlines is also adding two Airbus A320 aircraft to expand its fleet. At the end of October the first of the two A320 with the registration number OE-LBY departed from Vienna on its initial flight, followed today by the jet with the designator OE-LBZ. On balance, a total of 31 aircraft of the A320 family are now being operated by Austrian Airlines: seven Airbus A319, 18 A320 and six A321.

Source: Austrian Airlines.

Peach Aviation orders 10 A320neo and three A320ceo

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Japan’s Peach Aviation has signed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 10 A320neo and three A320ceo.  The order was announced at a signing ceremony in Tokyo today, attended by Shinichi Inoue, Managing Director and CEO, Peach Aviation and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

The newly-ordered aircraft will join an existing A320 Family fleet at Peach currently comprising   18 A320ceo and another two on order. With the addition of the A320neo, the airline will become the first low cost carrier (LCC) in Japan to operate the latest member of the popular A320 Family.

“Our A320 fleet is growing as our route network expands, not only in the domestic market but also to various Asian cities,” said Shinichi Inoue.  “By introducing the A320neo to our fleet we will enhance even further our profitability while continuing to offer our passengers greater comfort with 18-inch wide seats.”  We believe that the A320neo will strengthen our position in the competitive Japanese aviation market.”

“We are pleased that Peach Aviation has placed this additional order for the A320 Family,” said Fabrice Brégier. “This further strengthens the position of the A320 Family as the preferred choice of airlines in the low cost sector in Japan. We are honoured by the confidence Peach Aviation has once again placed in our products and are sure that the A320 Family will contribute to the airline’s ongoing success as it expands in the domestic and regional markets.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line. To date, the Family has won about 12,800 orders and more than 7,250 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide.

The A320neo Family incorporates the latest engines and aerodynamic enhancements, delivering more than 15 percent in fuel savings per seat. These features have seen the A320neo Family capture a market share of over 60 per cent in its category, with about 4,800 orders received since its launch in 2010 from 88 customers, including Peach Aviation.

Featuring the widest cabin in the single aisle market, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes with 18” wide seats in Economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320, and A321), the A320 Family seats from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covering the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

Source: Airbus.