China’s Aircraft-Buying Agency Signs Deal to Buy 70 A320-Family Jets


China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed a general terms agreement (GTA) with Airbus for the purchase of 70 Airbus A320-family aircraft. All 70 of the new Airbus A320-family jets purchased by CAS for operation by Chinese carriers will be assembled at Airbus’ Final Assembly Line China (FALC) at Tianjin. The GTA was signed […]

Automated Airlner Cockpits and the Human Factor

A330 Cockpit

Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small errors turned a state-of-the-art cockpit […]

Airbus’ A320neo two years ahead of Boeing’s 737 Max

Airbus’ first A320neo is expected to fly this month, about two years ahead of Boeing’s 737 Max. The first of the new re-engined Airbus narrow body aircraft will begin a complex flight test program that will eventually engage six A320neos for a year, according to a story in the Australian Business Traveler. The first of […]

ANA Confirms Order for 30 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft

ANA Holdings has firmed up an order for 30 A320neo Family aircraft (seven A320neo and 23 A321neo). The initial agreement was announced in March 2014. The aircraft will be part of ANA Holdings fleet development and modernisation strategy to replace its existing single-aisle fleet in the coming years. Deliveries will start from 2016. Shinichiro Ito, […]

AerCap Firms up Order for 50 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft

AerCap, the industry leading lessor headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has firmed up an order for 50 additional A320neo Family aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014. The contract, AerCap’s first major aircraft order following the acquisition of ILFC earlier this year, was signed by Philip Scruggs, AerCap’s President & Chief Commercial Officer and Fabrice […]

Airbus Increases Seating Capacity for A320neo to 189 Seats, 240 for A320neo

In offering even more efficiency for airline operators, Airbus is increasing seating capacity for A320neo (new engine option) and A320ceo (current engine option) jetliners to 189 seats, while also adding 20 more seats for A321neo aircraft to accommodate 240 passengers in an efficient high-density, all-economy layout. “We are supporting the higher seat count with intelligent […]

Airbus’ First A320neo Reaches Completion

Airbus A320neo

The assembly of Airbus’ first A320neo has been completed following painting of the aircraft and the mounting of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines. MSN6101, which will be the first A320neo to fly, will soon start its ground tests to prepare for first flight. The flight test campaign for the A320neo will kick-off in September 2014, […]