Airbus A320neo for SMBC and Cebu Pacific, Delta A330neo and A321XLR - Air-Journal

The lease company SMBC Aviation Capital has signed a final order for 15 A321neo and 50 A320neo extra, while the cheap flights to Cebu Pacific took possession of his first A321neo in the Philippines, and that the airline Delta Air Lines saw his first A330-900 painting workshops. The rumor machine runs completely on the launch of one A321XLR this summer.

SMBC has enriched its total order book of the A320neo family of 181 aircraft after signing a firm order for 65 extra A320neo (15 A321neo and 50 A320neo). This order, completed in 2018 according to the Airbus press release of 21 January 2019, is included in the year-end order digits (when the leasing company ordered a total of 71 re-designed one-way airplanes). Moreover, this agreement provides for the conversion of a previous order of 15 A320neo into 15 A321neo aircraft with one aisle with a larger capacity, as a result of which the total number of aircraft of this type ordered by SMBC Aviation Capital amounts to 30.

" The demand for new generation aircraft was strong, both from our current customers and our new customers, hence the decision we made today to place this order. In the current context, airlines are looking for more fuel-efficient aircraft. The diversity of our order book positions us very well for the future and enables us to meet these needs Said Peter Barrett, CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital. This extra order placed by one of the world's leading aircraft leasing companies " is proof of the financial insight of this company that has made good investments in the A320neo family. In 2018, the direct lease market represented more than 30% of our 800 deliveries worldwide, as much as Europe and America together Said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer of Airbus.

Based on the airport Manila-Ninoy Aquino, the low cost Cebu Pacific taken possession of on Monday of the first of 32 A321neo ordered from Airbus, member of the 36 A320s, seven A321s and eight A330-300's that are already in use (he also expects five A320neo rented from Avolon). New aircraft equipped with Pratt and Whitney's PurePower GTF engines are configured for 236 passengers – six more than the A321s; " Selected for excellent operational efficiency, comfort and reach, new generation single-jet aircraft will help expand fast-growing carriers to Asia-Pacific network ".

Airbus has also broadcast a picture of the first of 35 without comment A330-900 ordered by the American company Delta Air Lines, leave the painting workshops, not specified on the delivery date other than "very fast". This A330neo is configured for 29 passengers in Business Class Delta One, 28 in Premium and 224 in Economics (including 40 in Comfort +). Remember that the A330ne of the alliance company SkyTeam will be his third plane to enjoy a real Premium cab after the A350-900 and the 777-200LR. We also note that the first A321neo has been photographed many times in Hamburg for its rival American Airlines in recent days.

With regard to the future Airbus, SMBC CEO Peter Barrett confirmed that he has options to convert some of his A321neo for the version A321LR with a prolonged range, and that he monitors »Airbus is planning to one A321XLR MTOW 101 tonnes, which can run on even longer transatlantic routes. Rumors at the Dublin conference on air transport suggest a possible launch this summer, perhaps at the Paris Air Show in June, to steal the spotlight at Boeing including NMA aimed at the same market "MoM" (replacing the 757 and 767) could also be launched this year. The president of Air Lease Corp. Steve Udvar-Hazy « Spends a lot of time "With the European aircraft manufacturer to ensure that the future aircraft with a single pass has a lifetime of 10 hours," he told ATW, adding that he did the same with Boeing.