For the last couple of delivery reports, we have introduced a new feature to the article, Delivery of the Month; in essence it highlights our favourite commercial aircraft delivery that took place in April 2018. This month it is being awarded to Primera Air who took delivery of their brand new A321NEO.
Out of the 17 Airbus A320NEO deliveries that took place in April, 1 special A321Neo was destined for Primera Air. On April 16th 2018 Primera Air, a low-fare Nordic airline subsidiary of Primera Travel Group, took delivery of this special airplane, which will eventually allow them to operate a longhual – low cost business model with service transatlantic to North American destinations. Currently, the carrier’s fleet consists of seven Boeing 737-800, two B737-700 and has an ongoing order of ten B737 MAX 9
16 NEOS were also delivered to their respective airlines, Volaris, Air India, British Airways, Air Asia, Frontier, SAS Ireland, Vistara and TAP. This is the first delivery of the A320Neo to airlines TAP Portugal and British Airways, both airlines have placed sizeable orders for the narrow isle jet.
Delivery of the first Embraer E2 to Scandinavian regional airline – Wideroe
Another notable delivery was the first Embraer E2 which was delivered to Wideroe. The Norwegian airline chose the E190-E2, the first variant of the modified and upgraded E-Jet following on from the E170 to E195 family. The Scandinavian regional airline operates 450 daily flights using only turboprop aircraft so the delivery of the E2 marks a focus on adding capacity to their growing fleet.
Lion Air take delivery of the first Boeing 737MAX9
Indonesian carrier Lion Air were the first airline to put the 737MAX8 into service, and are now the first airline to take delivery of the larger variant of the successful narrow body, the 737MAX9. They are also the first Indonesian carrier to place a firm order for the even larger 737MAX10 to complement their ever growing fleet of 737s.
The 737 families made up 70% of all Boeing deliveries for the first quarter of 2018, with this month seeing the delivery of aircraft to, Southwest, Air Canada, Thai Lion Air, United, Shanghai Airlines and Silk Air.
Belavia takes delivery of their latest E-Jet
Belavia of Belarus has taken delivery of a new E175, the first of 3 E-Jets to join the fleet in 2018. By the end of the year, the carrier will be flying 7 E-Jets, 3 E175s and 4 E195s. This is all part of a fleet modernisation programme with another five E175s and E195s leased from Nordic Aviation Capital being added to their E-Jet fleet, bringing the total up to 12 aircraft.
Qatar Airways and Vietnam Airlines both take delivery of special livery A350-900 aircrafts
Qatar Airways took delivery of A7-ALZ, an A350-900 in the One World livery and Vietnam received their 12th A350-900 in the Sky Team livery (registration VN-A897) This is the second one world A350 (the first being Finnair OH-LWB) and the first SkyTeam A350.
A350s were also delivered to Latam, Ethiopian, Delta, Asiana and Malaysia Airlines.
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