In August, there was one delivery that stuck out for everyone. Yes, the delivery of Delta’s first Airbus A350 (N501DN). The aircraft is expected to enter service on October when it will begin to serve Delta’s Detroit-Narita route. The new delivery will be fitted with the new ‘One Suite’ and ‘Premium Seat’ cabins. The new ‘One Suite’ is a business class product that offers a sliding door to a private area with a lie flat bed. The new premium seat features 38 inches of pitch and a width of 17 inches. Only four other A350s were delivered in August. Lufthansa received their 4th on August 15th (D-AIXD), four days later Vietnam Airlines took delivery of their 8th and final A350 (VN-A893). The two other deliveries went to Hong Kong Airlines (B-LGA), a new airline on the list of A350 operators, and Cathay Pacific (B-LRS)
While Airbus only delivered 5 A350s, Boeing had a much more productive month with the 787. 11 787s were delivered in August. Saudia (HZ-ARH), Scoot (9V-OFJ) and United (N26970) all received their final 787s and El Al Israel received their first (4X-EDA) The new product comes fitted with a complete overhaul in onboard product which you can read all about here. Other airlines to receive Dreamliners were KLM (PH-BHM), who have one more on order, Air India (VT-ANZ and VT-NAA), who have two yet to be delivered, Air China (B-1466) who, also, have two more on order, Norwegian (G-CKNA and G-CKKL), who I flew with from JFK-LGW, and finally American (N829AN)
Airbus may have had a disappointing month in terms of A350 deliveries but they made up for it in A320neos. Seven new Neos were delivered to six airlines. Air Asia received the most with 2 (9M-AGE and 9M-AGG) and have four more on order. Other airlines to receive the A320neo were Indigo (VT-ITW), SAS (SE-ROA), Vistara (VT-TNE) and Pegasus (TC-NBK), who will receive only one more. Novair were the only airline to take delivery of a 321neo (SE-RKB)
The MAX had quite an impressive month in August. A new airline was added to the list of operators – Southwest, who received N8710N. Norwegian received their final 737MAX on order (EI-FYF) and Lion Air received two more (PK-LQG and PK-LQH). FlyDubai took delivery of their second MAX (A6-FMA).
Five new B777s were rolled out of Seattle this month and delivered to four airlines. Emirates added two to their ever growing fleet (A6-EQE and A6-EQF). The other airlines were EVA Air (B-16739), Kuwait (9K-AOM) and Air China (B-1430).
The A330 also had quite a big month with six airlines receiving seven new aircraft. Wamos started the month off with delivery of EC-LNH, Saudi took delivery of TC-OCF, Hong Kong Airlines began operations with B-LHD, Tap Portugal received (CS-TOX) and Air China ferried B-8385 back to China. China Eastern received two (B-8972 and B-8962)
And to finish… An A380 was delivered in August. Emirates brought A6-EUY home to Dubai.
Next month I’ll be back with an overview of what’s happened in the delivery world of September!
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