CALC firms order for 100 A320 family aircraft

China Aircraft Leasing Airbus A320

Hong Kong-based lessor China Aircraft Leasing Co. (CALC) has finalized an order from its previously announced commitment for 74 Airbus A320neos, 16 A320ceos and 10 A321ceos. The deal, which was first announced as a memorandum of understanding in November, will take CALC’s total Airbus backlog to 140 A320 family aircraft. “Adding these A320 family aircraft, […]

Airbus A320: A Global, Short-Range Single-Aisle Workhorse

Airbus A320

Much has been said about the rivalry between Airbus and Boeing and the Airbus A320 features prominently in this. The twin-engined A320 entered service in 1988, some two decades after its single-aisle rival, Boeing’s 737. There have been a total of 11,163 orders for the A320, with 6,331 deliveries to date and slightly less aircraft […]

AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing

Missing AirAsia grieving relatives

Relatives of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 comfort each other at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The AirAsia plane with 161 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore, and search and rescue operations […]

Flight QZ8501 AirAsia Missing Over Pacific, After Pilots Request Course Change

AirAsia Airbus A320

Flight QZ8501 AirAsia Missing Over Pacific on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, shortly after the pilots requested to change the flightplan because of weather, the airline said today. The Airbus A320-200, which reportedly had 162 people on board, lost contact at 7:24 a.m. local time near Belitung Island, Indonesia, according to a statement […]

New Airbus A320 joins Air Seychelles fleet for Indian Ocean regional flights

Airbus A320

Air Seychelles took delivery of its third large aircraft, an Airbus A-320, this morning, which will be used for its regional network, including three new destinations; Mumbai, India, Dar Es Salaam,Tanzania and Antananarivo, Madagascar, starting this week. Arriving from Abu Dhabi, the new 136- seater plane touched down at 9.20 local time on the Seychelles […]

Gulf Based Airlines Closes Financing Deal For 16 Aircraft

Emirates Airline Airbus A380

Gulf-based airlines have closed financing agreements for a total of 16 Boeing and Airbus aircraft, according to statements from the carriers and banks involved. The region’s airlines are securing funds as they take delivery of what Boeing has forecast to be a need for 2,610 aircraft by 2033, valued at $550 billion. Dubai’s Emirates airline […]

World’s Most Popular Aircraft: Boeing 737 or Airbus A320?

Boeing 737 Max

Boeing Co. launched its 737 family of jets in 1964, and since then the company has snagged 12,257 firm orders for the plane. Airbus launched its competitor single-aisle, narrow-body family, the A320, in March 1984 and claims 11,021 firm orders since the A320’s launch. Boeing’s 20-year longevity lead tips the scales in the company’s favor, […]

Does Boeing Need More Than A 737 Max to Win the Narrow-Body Battle?

Airbus A320neo

A few days back, Boeing announced that it plans to replace the 737 Max by 2030. In May, CEO Jim McNerney had said that Boeing won’t “pursue moonshots,” referring to the 787 Dreamliner. Without mincing words, he had called built-from-scratch programs “apocryphal risk.” In a complete u-turn, the company’s now showing keen interest in building […]

Airbus Builds Ties with Asia

ALC Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Airbus is strengthening its presence in Asia – a market which is shaping up as a key battleground for competition with rival Boeing. Both companies have won billions of dollars in orders from leasing companies in the past three months in what is the fastest growing aviation market in the world. Airbus says Asia is […]