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14 May, 2024

Pegasus launches direct route from Edinburgh to Istanbul

Pegasus Airlines continues to expand its international network with direct flights connecting Istanbul and Edinburgh

Pegasus, one of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines, is launching an exciting new route between Istanbul and the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. The new direct flights between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Edinburgh Airport are launching on 27 June 2024.
Flights are scheduled for twice a week, departing on Thursdays and Sundays from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Edinburgh Airport at 11.40 local time and on the same days at 15.30 local time from Edinburgh Airport to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. The flights will be year-round on A320/A321neo aircraft.

Onur Dedeköylü, Pegasus Airlines' Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), added: “We are delighted to be launching new regular scheduled flights connecting Istanbul and Edinburgh as the summer season starts.  Pegasus Airlines is proud to connect such vibrant and popular destinations, offering a unique experience to all who fly with us.”

Operating one of the youngest fleets in Europe, Pegasus Airlines has a growing network of 137 destinations: 35 in Türkiye and 102 international destinations.


Incorporated in 1990, Pegasus was acquired by ESAS Holding in 2005 and adopted the low-cost business model. As Türkiye’s leading low-cost airline, Pegasus believes that everyone has the right to fly and offers its guests the opportunity to travel with good-value fares and young aircraft through its low-cost model. In 2018, Pegasus adopted the motto Your Digital Airline and carries its guests to 137 destinations, 36 in Türkiye and 102 on its international network. Pegasus operates connecting flights between Türkiye and Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia via Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen. 

05 March, 2024

American Airlines to retrofit Airbus jets to add more seats...

For the past decade, the A321 and A321neo aircraft have flown American’s customers across the U.S. and to short-haul international destinations. American continues to be the largest single-carrier operator in the world of A320 family aircraft.

“The continued investment in the A321neo is a testament to the unprecedented value of the world’s most versatile and capable single-aisle aircraft,” said Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft, Airbus. “For nearly two decades, American Airlines has used its A320 family of aircraft, some of which have been produced in the U.S. in Mobile, Alabama, to grow its domestic and short-haul international network and provide an exceptional experience for its passengers and crews.”

The carrier will start retrofitting its A319 and A320 aircraft beginning in 2025. The retrofit will refresh the interior with power at every seat, larger overhead bins and new seats with updated trim and finish.

American’s A319 fleet will be outfitted with more premium seats for a total of 12 domestic first-class seats. The A320 fleet retrofits will increase the aircraft’s domestic first-class seat count to 16.

With the planned refresh of existing aircraft and the expected deliveries of new aircraft, premium seating in American’s fleet is expected to grow by more than 20% by 2026.

29 February, 2024

Magellan Aerospace gets multi-year contract for Airbus single aisle aircraft components

Wrexham Machining an Airbus A320 spar.
Magellan Wrexham facility's leading-edge long bed machining centre. (Photo: Business Wire)
Magellan Aerospace Corporation announced an agreement between Magellan Aerospace (UK) Limited and Airbus to continue to supply major structural wing components for Airbus’ single aisle family of aircraft. The high-strength, lightweight components will be delivered from Magellan’s leading-edge long bed machining centre in our Wrexham facility from January 2024.

The agreement focuses on the production of precision-machined wing spars for use on the A320 family of aircraft. Wing spars are large machined components that provide support and strength to the wing structure. Magellan will expand its industry-leading long bed machining capability at the Wrexham facility to ensure continued delivery of quality products that meets the expectations of the customer.

Mr. Haydn Martin, Vice President, Business Development, Marketing and Contracts said, “This scope of work with Airbus demonstrates our commitment to align with our customer’s requirements through continuous improvement and infrastructure investment.” “The long-term nature of the contract allows Magellan to make investments that offer our customer a competitive and reliable source during Airbus’ ramp up for the future production of single aisle aircraft,” he concluded.

Magellan Aerospace Corporation is a global aerospace company that provides complex assemblies and systems solutions to aircraft and engine manufacturers, and defence and space agencies worldwide. Magellan designs and manufactures aeroengine and aerostructure assemblies and components for aerospace markets, advanced proprietary products for military and space markets, and provides engine and component repair and overhaul services worldwide. Magellan is a public company whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MAL), with operating units throughout North America, Europe, and India.

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20 December, 2023

157 more Airbus A320neos for easyJet....

The budget carrier easyJet has confirmed an order for 157 more Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. The deal comprises 56 A320neo and 101 A321neo aircraft and also includes the upsizing of an existing order for 35 A320neo into the larger A321neo as demand has picked up far more rapidly than expected. 

“We are very pleased to be able to confirm this significant order which not only enables easyJet to replace its older aircraft with more efficient aircraft, a core component of our net zero roadmap, but also provides us ability for disciplined growth, including the significant opportunity that upgauging brings, “ commented Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet. “With this order easyJet will be able to continue to cement its leading position at Europe’s primary airports and so we look forward to working in partnership with Airbus in the years to come.”

“Airbus is delighted to be accompanying easyJet in its fleet growth and renewal. Its Airbus fleet allows easyJet to differentiate its offering in its competitive market with the most state-of-the-art, modern and comfortable aircraft,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International at Airbus. “easyJet and Airbus both are strong advocates for the aviation sector to de-carbonise. This significant investment into the most fuel efficient and SAF-capable aircraft is a testimony to our joint commitment in this respect. Bravo easyJet, and thank you!”

The A320neo Family is the world’s most popular single aisle having won over 18,000 orders from nearly 140 customers in all markets. The A321neo is the largest member of Airbus’ A320neo Family, offering unparalleled range and performance. By incorporating new generation engines and Sharklets, the A321neo brings a 50% noise reduction and more than 20% fuel savings and CO2 reduction compared to previous generation single-aisle aircraft, while maximizing passenger comfort in the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky. As with all Airbus aircraft, the entire A320 Family is already able to operate with up to 50% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Airbus aims for all its aircraft to be capable of operating with up to 100% SAF by 2030.

16 December, 2023

Aviation Capital Group confirms delivery of an Airbus A321ceo to Viva Aerobus

Aviation Capital Group has confirmed the lease of an Airbus A321ceo aircraft to Viva Aerobus

Aviation Capital Group has confirmed the delivery of one Airbus A321ceo aircraft on lease to Viva Aerobus. This is the eighth Airbus A320 family aircraft currently leased by ACG to Viva Aerobus.  “We are very pleased to continue growing our relationship with such a valuable partner as Viva Aerobus,” said Armando Belchior Nunes, ACG’s VP of Marketing, Latin America.

Aviation Capital Group is one of the world’s premier full-service aircraft asset managers with over 490 owned, managed and committed aircraft as of September 30, 2023, leased to roughly 90 airlines in approximately 45 countries. It was founded in 1989 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Century Corporation.

November  traffic performance

Viva Aerobus’ passenger traffic increased 13.0% compared to November 2022, reaching 2.2 million passengers, driven by an increase of 14.1% and 3.2% in domestic and international traffic, respectively. Load factors reached 86.8% compared to 85.9% in 2022, with a load factor mix of 88.1% and 80.2% in domestic and international, respectively.

Viva Aerobus grew its total capacity in available seat miles (ASMs) by 12.0% compared to November 2022, reflecting an increase of 13.5% and 4.8% in domestic and international, respectively.

“November traffic was robust, with passenger demand outpacing capacity growth, allowing us to maintain a healthy load factor of 86.8%. As we close the year, demand trends remain positive in domestic and international markets, supporting our disciplined growth. Moving forward, we are managing the variables in our control to partially mitigate the impact of Pratt & Whitney GTF engine inspections on our operation, with the second phase starting in early 2024.” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of Viva Aerobus.

11 July, 2023

Airbus starts new Toulouse A320 Family final assembly line

A321-capable, state-of-the-art industrial site to support Airbus’ commercial aircraft ramp-up

Airbus has inaugurated its new A320 Family final assembly line (FAL) in Toulouse during a ceremony attended by French Minister of Economy & Finance Bruno Le Maire, French Transport Minister Clément Beaune, Minister of State for Industry Roland Lescure, and Minister of State for Territorial Collectivities and Rural Affairs Dominique Faure, as well as hundreds of Airbus employees.

“The inauguration of this new A321-capable final assembly line in Toulouse represents another milestone in the ongoing modernisation of our global industrial system. This FAL will contribute to the ongoing production rate ramp-up to 75 A320 Family aircraft per month in 2026, while meeting the increased demand for A321s which currently represents around 60 percent of the total A320 Family backlog,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. “We’re pleased to see this new facility join our worldwide network of final assembly sites which will comprise four FALs in Hamburg, Germany; two in Toulouse, France; two in Mobile, United States; and two in Tianjin, China, all them capable of assembling the A321.”

A variety of innovations feature prominently in this latest A320 Family final assembly line, with the aim of maximising product quality, efficiency, as well as establishing new standards for health, safety and sustainability. These innovations include digital production control using tablets and smartphones to reduce paper consumption, automated logistics for parts distribution and light-weight robots for joining sections.

Installed in the former A380 “Jean-Luc Lagardère” assembly building, the new FAL started initial operations at the end of 2022 with the delivery of the first fuselage sections. The roll-out of the first aircraft fully assembled in this facility - an A321 - is expected to take place by the end of this year. The industrial site will progressively ramp up operations between now and 2025, directly employing around 700 workers.

19 June, 2023

Massive order for 500 Airbus A320 family aircraft from IndiGo

IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share, has placed a firm order for 500 A320 Family aircraft, setting the record for the biggest single purchase agreement in the history of commercial aviation. The latest agreement takes the total number of Airbus aircraft on order by IndiGo to 1,330, establishing its position as the world’s biggest A320 Family customer.

The historic purchase agreement was signed by Rahul Bhatia, Promoter & Managing Director of IndiGo, Dr. Venkataramani Sumantran, Chairman and Non-Executive Independent Director of IndiGo, Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo, Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO, and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, at the Paris Air Show 2023.

Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo, said, “It is difficult to overstate the significance of IndiGo’s new historic order for 500 Airbus A320 Family aircraft. An order book now of almost 1000 aircraft well into the next decade, enables IndiGo to fulfil its mission to continue to boost economic growth, social cohesion and mobility in India. At IndiGo, we take pride in being India’s preferred airline for connectivity in and with India; and by doing so, being one of the leading airlines in the world. This order strongly reaffirms IndiGo’s belief in the growth of India, in the A320 Family and in our strategic partnership with Airbus.”

“This landmark order marks a new chapter in Airbus and IndiGo’s relationship that is democratising affordable air travel for millions of people in the world’s fastest growing aviation market. It is also a resounding endorsement of the A320 Family’s best-in-class operating economics that have been powering IndiGo’s growth for almost two decades. We cherish our long-standing relationship with IndiGo and are proud of our success together. We look forward to contributing to the growth of India’s air connectivity in its domestic network and into international markets through the expansion of this formidable partnership” , said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International at Airbus.

06 April, 2023

Airbus and China aviation industry sign next phase in partnership

Airbus and China aviation industry sign next phase in partnership

General Terms Agreement to allocate 160 aircraft to Chinese airlines
Expanding capacity at Tianjin A320 Final Assembly Line to contribute to global rate 75
Upscaling the production and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels

During a French state visit to China, Airbus signed away various rights in a new cooperation agreement with its China Aviation industry partners.

Witnessed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron, Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury signed with the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Company Ltd., and Aviation Industry Corporation of China Ltd., an agreement to expand A320 Family final assembly capacity with a second line at its Tianjin site. The agreement will contribute to Airbus’ overall rate objective of 75 aircraft per month in 2026 throughout its global production network.

Currently, Airbus has four A320 Family final assembly sites worldwide: Hamburg (Germany), Toulouse (France), Mobile (USA) and Tianjin (China). The Tianjin Final Assembly Line (FAL Asia) started operation in 2008 and has assembled over 600 A320 Family aircraft to date. In March 2023 the first A321neo aircraft was delivered from the line, marking a new era of enhanced A320 Family production versatility.

In addition, Airbus also signed General Terms of Agreement (GTA) with the China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) covering the purchase of 160 Airbus commercial aircraft. The GTA comprises earlier announcements for 150 A320 Family aircraft and for 10 A350-900 widebody aircraft orders, reflecting the strong demand in all market segments by Chinese carriers.

17 March, 2023

Budget airline Allegiant shows off a new one-of-a-kind livery on an Airbus A320

Allegiant unveiled a special addition to its fleet this week: a one-of-a-kind livery designed by – and for – the airline's employees.

The new design, displayed on the tail and fuselage of an Airbus A320, is one of only six Allegiant aircraft featuring a special livery.

It is not often that Allegiant alters its famous sunburst livery, CEO John Redmond told a crowd of employees during a ceremony at Punta Gorda Airport in Florida Tuesday. But the company wanted to honor employees in a very public and permanent way.

"We wanted to find a way to show the world that our employees are the lifeblood of Allegiant,"  Redmond said. "This new livery is more than just a coat of paint, it's a symbol of the collective strength and resilience of being Allegiant Proud. We hope it serves as a reminder of the incredible things our employees can accomplish when we work together."

The livery is not only dedicated to Allegiant employees; the design was inspired by them. Employees were asked to submit words describing what they loved about Allegiant. Dozens of their choices, including "bold," "amazing," "limitless" and more, adorn the aircraft's fuselage, surrounding Allegiant's motto of "Together we fly."

The aircraft will be based in Punta Gorda, a community that endured the full force of Hurricane Ian when it hit Southwest Florida in September.

23 November, 2022

Wings deliver Airbus A320-200 aircraft to Air Serbia

Wings Capital Partners have completed the delivery of one Airbus A320-200 aircraft to Air Serbia in Belgrade, which will provide additional capacity for Air Serbia’s growing fleet.

“Wings delivery of this A320 aircraft to Air Serbia commences our relationship with the airline,” said Gerry Burke, Wings’ Vice President, Marketing. “We are very proud to support Air Serbia’s growing fleet needs with the delivery of this aircraft and look forward to a long relationship with the airline.”

"Fleet renewal is one of the most significant strategic activities for Air Serbia in the recent period. After a detailed consideration of the market offers, we decided to strengthen our fleet with an A320 aircraft from Wings Capital Partners LLC. With a YU-APO registration, the new Airbus already flies all over Europe, supporting our passengers with reliable and comfortable flights," said Zoran Ekmeščić, General Manager Supply Chain, at Air Serbia.

Air Serbia is the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, the successor of the first national airline, Aeroput, established in Belgrade in 1927. We have been operating under our present name since October 2013.

Air Serbia operates scheduled, seasonal and charter flights to over 70 destinations in Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Asia and Africa, in passenger and cargo traffic. In cooperation with our airline partners, we also offer flights to international destinations in Asia, Australia, North America and Africa.

In addition to Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, which is our base, Air Serbia also flies from Constantine the Great Airport in Niš and from International Airport Morava near Kraljevo.

10 November, 2022

GA Telesis confirms delivery of three A320 to SmartLynx Airlines of Latvia....

GA Telesis has confirmed the delivery of three A320 aircraft on long-term lease to SmartLynx Airlines. The aircraft are part of the GA Telesis-owned fleet and were delivered to SmartLynx throughout 2022.

GA Telesis’ Leasing, Investment, Financing & Trading (“LIFT”) Group has continued on a steep growth trajectory by purchasing quality assets, investing in maintenance, and placing on a long-term lease. These aircraft were purchased over the last 18 months and will assist SmartLynx in continuing to provide top-tier ACMI and charter services for their established customer base.

“SmartLynx has established itself as a global leader in the ACMI market over the last number of years. Their growing fleet of passenger and freighter aircraft will ensure they are well positioned to continue to serve their customers’ needs with high-quality operating assets,” commented Marc Cho, Chief Investment Officer and President of LIFT. Cho further remarked, “GA Telesis is pleased to be part of the SmartLynx success story.”

“We are very pleased to continue to execute on our growth plans with the addition of these three A320s,” commented Zygimantas Surintas, CEO, SmartLynx

04 November, 2022

Ural Airlines Airbus jet suffers damage in landing incident.

Photo: Investigative Committee Russian Federation
According to local media and Aviation Safety Network, an Airbus A320 of Ural Airlines suffered damage to its main landing gear and tyres whilst landing at Irkutsk Airport, Russia on Wednesday, 2nd November.

The aircraft was operating flight U62942 and reports indicate the crew landed with the main gear brakes locked on, with the jet becoming immobilized after on the runway. The crew said they had a warning of brake failure at a height of 500 metres with the parking brake being applied and the wheels remaining locked during the landing.

The crew The pilots of the Ural Airlines Airbus A320 reportedly experienced a critical brake failure at an altitude of 500 m, when the parking brake spontaneously applied on the aircraft. The alarm was triggered. The wheels remained locked for landing.

This could be a very costly incident for Ural Airlines as western aircraft spares are currently prohibited from being supplied to Russian carriers under sanctions imposed following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent war.  Current Airbus and Boeing aircraft spares are in very short supply, according to local reports, with many aircraft grounded and some being cannibalised for parts to keep others operational. 

21 October, 2022

a 10th Airbus A320-200 for Allegiant from Air Lease Corp.

Air Lease Corporation has confirmed the delivery of a tenth Airbus A320-200 aircraft to the U.S. budget carrier Allegiant this week.  The jet was formerly on lease to Alaska Airlines and is the tenth of ten used Alaska A320s the firm has delivered to Allegiant Air. 

“ALC is pleased to announce this tenth A320 delivery to Allegiant,” said Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “These ten young A320s are providing valuable service to Allegiant’s growing fleet with advanced technology and fuel efficiency.”

To replace Alaska’s A320 fleet, ALC and Alaska signed long-term lease agreements for 14 new Boeing 737- MAX 9 aircraft of which 11 have already been delivered. The remaining aircraft are scheduled to deliver through the end of 2022 from ALC’s order book with Boeing.

05 October, 2022

AerCap agrees retention and lease extension deal with SAS for 6 Airbus A320 Aircraft

Image SAS
AerCap confirmed today that it has signed agreements with SAS for the retention and lease extension of six Airbus A320 aircraft.

"We are delighted to support SAS as it implements its business transformation plan, 'SAS FORWARD', through a voluntary chapter 11 process which is expected to lead to a financially stable and profitable airline. These aircraft will help to support SAS with its objectives of being a highly competitive and operationally efficient airline," said Aengus Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, AerCap. "SAS has been a long-time customer of AerCap, and we wish Anko van der Werff and all the SAS team every success and we look forward to building on our partnership for many years to come."

12 September, 2022

CDB Aviation completes deliveries of ten Airbus A320-200 aircraft to Indonesia’s Super Air Jet

Indonesia’s newest low-cost airline, Super Air Jet Airbus A320-200   Photo CDB Aviation

Chinese-owned leasing giant CDB Aviation, announced today the delivery of the last of ten Airbus A320-200 aircraft to Indonesia’s newest low-cost airline, Super Air Jet

The aircraft were delivered to the carrier over a period of 18 months and are meant to support the development of Super Air Jet as a leading airline supporting the growth of domestic traffic in fast-growing Indonesia as the region’s market continues to recover from the pandemic.

“We are pleased to have been part of the launch of Super Air Jet as they eye further growth in their share of Indonesia’s domestic market, expanding their low-fare route network and connecting all key regions of the country,” noted CDB Aviation Head of Commercial, Asia Pacific Ryan Barrett.

Peter Goodman, CDB Aviation’s Chief Marketing Officer, emphasized that the deepening of our relationship with SAJ further advances our support for their ambitious roadmap development.

“SAJ’s growth prospects in Indonesia are very promising. Our team’s prerogative was to provide the most attractive financing terms and the right scale of leased aircraft to aptly support SAJ’s growth trajectory and low-unit cost operating model for the foreseeable future,” added Goodman.

Super Air Jet  is an Indonesian airline headquartered in Jakarta. The airline adopts a low-cost carrier model that focuses on point-to-point journeys between islands in Indonesia, with the new generation as a target market. SAJ promises high connectivity, reliability, and reasonably priced transportation over its wide route network. This is capacitated by the experience of its sponsors and management team, which are supported by an ecosystem of maintenance capabilities and aviation intelligence facilities. The airline plans to stand out as a digital pioneer and foresees the implementation of cutting-edge technology, to elevate the experiences of the next generations of flyers in Indonesia. 

11 September, 2022

HiSky to lease two new Airbus aircraft from Air Lease Corporation

Air Lease Corporation confirmed the long-term lease placements for two new Airbus A321neo LR aircraft with HiSky.  Scheduled to deliver to the European carrier in March 2023 from ALC’s order book with Airbus, these two new A321neo LRs join one Airbus A319 and four A320s currently on lease to the airline from ALC and its managed vehicles, Blackbird I and II. 

“ALC is pleased to announce this placement with HiSky for two new A321neo LRs,” said David Beker, Senior Vice President of Air Lease Corporation.  “HiSky launched in 2020 with used A320 family aircraft exclusively provided by ALC and they have grown their business consistently since then.  The airline is now ready to take the next step in their growth plans and we are happy to support this expansion with two brand-new A321neo LRs."

“The addition of these two new A321neo LR aircraft is the right ingredient to sustain our growth strategy in 2023,” said Iulian Scorpan CEO of HiSky.  “We are grateful to ALC for the opportunity to operate the industry’s most modern aircraft offering top performance, range, and fuel efficiency.  Starting in April 2023, HiSky passengers will benefit from several long-range nonstop flight solutions to be announced this autumn.”

Photo HiSky

HiSky is a company with one hundred per cent private capital that arose from the sincere desire to become an attractive alternative in the local and regional markets. It is a carrier that operates flights from Cluj, Iasi and Chisinau to some of the most important destinations in Europe. It is an airline that has adopted a low-cost business model, with a range of offers and add-ons for a fee.

Photo HiSky

06 July, 2022

SmartLynx Airlines increasing fleet to 60 aircraft to cope with growing demand.....................

SmartLynx Airlines provides Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance services to help several European airlines deal with a resource crisis caused by the rising passenger numbers, lack of spare parts, and labour shortages. The company currently operates a fleet of 44 aircraft, which is expected to increase to 60 by the end of the summer, making SmartLynx Airlines the operator of the largest aircraft fleet in the Baltic countries.

“The aviation market has experienced great fluctuations in the past three years – from the best year in history in terms of passenger turnover to 2020, when this business almost ceased to exist. Currently, airlines around the world are seeing a huge increase in passenger numbers, struggling to meet the demand. Due to disruptions in supply chains, spare parts for aircraft repairs arrive late, there are labour shortages at both airlines and airports, and fuel prices have increased significantly. At the moment, the biggest problems can be observed at the large airports in the Netherlands and Great Britain, where people have to wait in long queues as the airports are short-handed,” says SmartLynx Airlines CEO Žygimantas Surintas.

In most cases, Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance is a short- or medium-term solution so that airlines could ensure the necessary number of flights during the high season. Airlines that have large fleets also use this service when an aircraft has technical problems and a quick solution is needed, which also comes with excellent service. SmartLynx Airlines is currently one of the largest ACMI operators in Europe with a 30% market share, and the largest in Great Britain (69%). The expansion in the British market is due to the fact that, in the wake of Brexit, airlines are short of employees as crews of UK-registered aircraft must have British visas, which is why airlines prefer to lease aircraft with crews.

“Buying new aircraft means enormous investment, and for the purchase to be profitable, the plane needs to be up in the air all year round, carrying cargo or passengers. That is why airlines do not purchase additional aircraft for crisis situations, but rather lease aircraft from other airlines when necessary. ACMI operators, or Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance companies, offer airlines an alternative to the financial burden associated with long-term aircraft ownership by providing temporary access to aircraft, crews, maintenance, and insurance," explains SmartLynx Airlines CEO Žygimantas Surintas.

Using the crisis as an opportunity

04 June, 2022

Airbus extends Satellite Based Landing System (SLS) capability to A320 Family and delivers first aircraft to easyJet

Airbus has delivered the first Airbus A320neo equipped with the latest Satellite-Based Landing System (SLS) technology to long standing customer easyJet. SLS enables pilots to perform ‘straight-in’ approaches using satellite precision when coming into land at airports, without the need for additional ground-based systems such as *ILS, even in low-visibility conditions, while saving fuel and reducing emissions.

SLS first entered service in Europe with the A350 in 2015 after Airbus had successfully pioneered its development and introduction for *CAT1 approaches with support of the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) – formerly known as the GSA – and the European Commission. An SLS function is also available on A220 and A330 aircraft families and in progress for the A380.

“By using SLS, airlines benefit from improved operational capabilities and operational efficiency,” says Philippe Mhun, Airbus Head of Programmes and Services. “We are very pleased to offer this new Air Traffic Management capability now on the A320 Family, which demonstrates how Airbus is keeping its aircraft at the cutting-edge of technology.” He adds: “The introduction of satellite-based technologies highlights the benefit of Airbus’ cross-divisional collaboration. With Airbus Defence and Space being one of the world leaders in satellite technology, we take advantage of this expertise and apply it to commercial aviation. We are grateful for the excellent support provided by the EUSPA and the European Commission.”

24 May, 2022

Finnair wet leases an A320 from DAT for the busy summer season

Photo DAT

Finnair will lease an A320 aircraft and crew from DAT - Danish Air Transport for the busy summer season. The aircraft will be operating selected frequencies on Finnair’s route between Helsinki and Copenhagen in June, and on Finnair’s routes between Helsinki and Oulu and Helsinki and Lisbon between July and October.  

The flight deck and cabin crew for these flights come from DAT, and the flights have Finnair’s service concept.  

“We are preparing for a busy summer season, and this agreement with DAT supports our target of ensuring stable and reliable operations as travel is now picking up”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair.  

Customers, who have a booking on a flight where the operating carrier changes from Finnair to DAT, will get a message about the change. In case customers wish to make changes to their reservation, they are asked to contact Finnair customer services for assistance.  

DAT is a Danish airline, operating regional routes in Denmark, Norway, Italy, Germany and Finland, and providing charter and ACMI services.  


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20 February, 2022

JetBlue introduces nonstop flights from New York's JFK to Puerto Vallarta

New York's hometown airline JetBlue has just launched a service between its home base of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Puerto Vallarta’s Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR).

This new service will operate four times a week with a mix of both the Airbus A321neo and A320 aircraft. The outbound flight departs JFK at 09:00 and arrives at PVR at 14:10. The return sector departs at 15:26 to get back into JFK at 21:31.

“As demand for travel continues to increase, we are excited to introduce the new route to Puerto Vallarta, offering our Northeast customers a new destination in Mexico,” said Andrea Lusso, vice president network planning, JetBlue. “We look forward to continuing expanding our network and international presence in Latin America as part of our growth strategy.”

Nestled between the rugged Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a new third option for JetBlue customers looking to travel to Mexico. From the charming cobblestone streets in downtown to the art-filled Malecon, and the lively Romantic Zone, Puerto Vallarta offers an authentic cultural experience for visitors. Puerto Vallarta’s picturesque beaches, family-friendly activities, world-class gastronomy and warm hospitality attract loyal return travellers year after year.

“We are thrilled to welcome visitors from the Northeast to Puerto Vallarta thanks to this new direct service from JetBlue,” said Luis Villaseñor, Managing Director for Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “JetBlue has made it easier than ever to escape to warm and sunny Puerto Vallarta, the quintessential Mexican beach destination.”

“For Grupo Aeropuertuario del Pacifico (GAP) welcoming JetBlue for the first time in Puerto Vallarta is a celebration and a sign that the best is yet to come, by demonstrating passengers feel confident travelling and the airport provides the highest safety measures and investment in its history to offer customers the best travel experience,” said Briana Gisel Banda Renteria, Head of Public Relations and Project Management of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.”

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