May 2018 Delivery Report
Royal Brunei’s First Airbus A320NEO
Following on from the previous couple of delivery reports, our delivery of the month goes to Royal Brunei Airlines. A couple of weeks ago, on the 24th May, Royal Brunei Airlines took delivery of their first A320NEO during a delivery ceremony at the delivery center in Toulouse. The Brunei Airline has placed an order for 7 aircraft with options for more, with their first A320Neo expected to enter commercial service on the 7th June to Singapore.
“Airbus A320neo aircraft come equipped with Leap-1A26 CFM engines featuring some of the best fuel, noise, emission and operating efficiency in its class and will allow Royal Brunei Airlines to achieve significant cost savings and reduce its emissions footprint. We are based in Brunei on the island of Borneo which has one of the most pristine environments on earth and we are pleased to be playing a part in preserving this.” CEO Karam Chand
Royal Brunei’s Airbus A320neo is also the world’s first narrow body aircraft fitted with Thales Avant (Gen5) in-flight entertainment. They will also have business, economy plus and economy seats with leather covering, USB power outlets and audio/video on demand at every seat.
Throughout May, A320NEOs were also delivered to GoAir (x3), S7, Volaris, Iberia, Jazeera Airways and IndiGo. There was also a small handful of CEO A320 deliveries to IAG member Vueling, Flyadeal, Air Guilin and Aeroflot.
Corendon Airlines takes delivery of BOC Aviation’s first Boeing 737MAX
The Singapore based aircraft lessor delivered its first 737MAX to Turkish leisure airline Corendon. The lessor has placed a sizeable order for 83 737MAX aircraft which will be distributed to various airline customers around the globe. Corendon is scheduling the 737MAX on their Antalya to Eindhoven route. The 737MAX compliments the Turkish Carriers existing fleet of 14 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Air Italy’s First 737MAX
On the 12th May, Air Italy took delivery of its first 737MAX8 aircraft during a ceremony at the Boeing Everett delivery centre wearing its dashing new livery. This is the first of 50 new aircraft to join their fleet and the first of 20 737MAXs.
“I am delighted to be at the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre today in Seattle to mark yet another landmark event, the delivery of Air Italy’s first new Boeing 737 Max aircraft in striking new livery, first presented in Milan in February this year. To see the aircraft here for the first time, it truly brings to life the next exciting chapter for Italy’s future carrier of choice.” CEO of Qatar Airways (which holds a minority stake of 49%), Akbar Al Baker
Lufthansa’s First A350-900s in the new “Lufthansa Blue” livery
This month also saw the delivery of Lufthansa’s ninth A350-900, and the first A350 to sport their new “Lufthansa Blue” livery. This aircraft goes by the registration D-AIXI. Lufthansa’s management was unhappy with elements of the colors and especially with the blue tone. A revised version of the livery has now been introduced which is a closer representation of the colour expressed in the test conditions.
Bombardier C-Series program running at full speed!
This month Swiss Global Airline took delivery of their 11th and 12th CS300 HB-JCK and HB-JCL on behalf of the Lufthansa Group. This month also saw the delivery of Korean Air’s 5th CS300 with the registration HL8313. With Delta CS100s also on the final assembly line we could potentially see the delivery of these aircraft in the next couple of months.
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