ALC Increases Portfolio with Three A350s and One A321
(Source: Airbus; issued July 11, 2016)
Air Lease Corporation the Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company announced a firm order for three A350-900s and one A321 at the Farnborough Airshow to meet strong market demand for more modern and fuel-efficient aircraft.

Including today’s announcement, ALC’s portfolio of Airbus aircraft stands at a total of 267, of which 70 are widebodies (16 A330ceo, 25 A330neo, 24 A350-900, 5 A350-1000) and 197 are single-aisles (30 A320ceo, 22 A320neo, 27 A321ceo, 118 A321neo).

“These additional A350 and A321 aircraft were needed to fill ongoing customer lease placements as we continue to experience strong A350 and A321 demand,” said John L. Plueger, Air Lease Corporation’s CEO and President.

“ALC, is a leading lessor and longstanding partner of Airbus. We would like to thank ALC for their continued confidence in our Airbus products. Their customers will be delighted with the unbeatable economics as well as the superior cabin comfort in all classes for their passengers.” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “

The world’s latest generation airliner, the A350 XWB, is the newest member of Airbus’ modern, comfortable & efficient widebody product family. Offering customers a game-changing reduction in fuel-burn, the long-range A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. For passengers, it brings new levels of in-flight comfort, with an extra-wide cabin offering more personal space in all classes, including 18 inch wide seats as standard in economy class.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to more than 320 operators worldwie. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard.

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Vietnam’s Jetstar Pacific to Order 10 A320s
(Source: Airbus; issued July 11, 2016)
Vietnam’s Jetstar Pacific Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 10 A320ceo aircraft. The agreement was announced today during the Farnborough Air Show and will mark the first direct purchase of aircraft by the airline with Airbus.

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Jetstar Pacific is a joint venture between Vietnam Airlines (70%) and the Qantas Group (30%). The airline currently operates a fleet of 12 leased A320 Family aircraft, flying to 28 domestic and regional destinations.

“This agreement marks a milestone in our development,” said Le Hong Ha, Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar Pacific. “The new aircraft will allow us to expand our operation on our international network from Vietnam as part of the wider Jetstar Group. With low operating costs and a comfortable cabin, the A320 enables us to offer our passengers a quality value-based product in a highly competitive market environment.”

“We are pleased to have signed our first MOU with Jetstar Pacific,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “The news reinforces the position of the A320 as the single aisle aircraft of choice in both the low cost and full service sectors. We will look forward to working with Jetstar Pacific as it consolidates its position in the fast-growing Vietnamese market.”

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with nearly 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to some 320 operators worldwide. With the widest cabin in the single aisle market, the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. The A320 Family aircraft seat from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covering the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

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ARKIA Israeli Airlines to Operate Up to Four A330-900neo
(Source: Airbus; issued July 11, 2016)
ARKIA Israeli Airlines, majority owned by Jordache Enterprises, will receive up to four A330-900neo aircraft, making the airline the first Airbus widebody customer in Israel. The A330neo aircraft will be the backbone of ARKIA’s expansion into long-haul and leisure markets.

ARKIA became an Airbus customer in 2012 through an order for four A321neo aircraft. Airbus’ unique commonality and Cross Crew Qualification concept that allow pilots and engineers to transition between single and twin aisle aircraft easily means that the A330-900neo and A321neo will operate seamlessly together and bring operational benefits to the entire fleet.

The A330neo will be equipped with Airspace by Airbus cabins offering superior comfort, ambience, and design, and complemented with fourth generation or light In-Flight entertainment, enabling mobile telephony, internet and on board Wi-Fi via personal devices.

“The A330-900neo will be a key asset to help us grow efficiently on highly competitive international long-haul routes from Israel. The aircraft will offer our passengers the latest product with great cabin comfort on direct long-haul flights,” said Mr. Joe Nakash, Chairman of Jordache Enterprises. “Thanks to the proven reliability and fuel efficiency of the A330 family, the A330neo will also deliver us with the best in class operating economics.”

“We are delighted to be making inroads in Israel.” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “The A330neo offers 14 percent reduced fuel burn per seat married with the best in class economics and comfort. The mix of the A321neo with A330neo in ARKIA’s fleet will allow the airline to reap the benefits of Airbus’ unique aircraft commonality.”

The A330-900neo is the most cost-efficient aircraft in its size category offering an increased non-stop range of up to 400 nautical miles.

Jordache manages a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio including MG Aviation in Hong-Kong, U.S. POLO Assn, Jordache Jeans, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, and real estate located in prime locations throughout the world. The real estate portfolio consists of retail, office, multifamily and hotel properties. Among the group's recent acquisitions are the famous Versace Mansion and the luxury Setai Miami Beach.

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Air Côte d’Ivoire Expands Its Airbus Fleet to Accelerate Its Growth
(Source: Airbus; issued July 11, 2016)
At the opening of the Farnborough Air Show, held in the United Kingdom from July 11th to 17th, Air Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast’s national airline based in Abidjan, signed a firm order for the purchase of an additional A320neo to complete its fleet. Air Côte d'Ivoire already distinguished itself in the spring by becoming the first African airline to order the A320neo.

“This additional A320neo will allow Air Côte d’Ivoire to truly differentiate its product by offering a higher level of comfort to its customers with new aircraft. Thanks to this new Airbus aircraft, Air Côte d’Ivoire will also improve its operating efficiency to better meet the need for traffic growth,” said General Abdoulaye Coulibaly, Chairman of the Board.

In three years, Air Côte d’Ivoire has tripled its number of passengers, and, with its new fleet, will position itself as the leader in this highly competitive region. It currently flies to 23 international destinations located in West and Central Africa, and to five domestic destinations. Air Côte d’Ivoire already operates six Airbus aircraft (four A319s and two A320), and this new commitment follows its previous order for four aircraft placed in April.

“This vote of confidence from Air Côte d’Ivoire is further proof of the rapid traffic growth in Africa, and of the leading role that this dynamic airline aims to play in the development of air transport on this continent. Airbus is delighted to contribute to this," highlighted John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 12,500 orders since launch and more than 7,000 aircraft delivered to some 400 customer and operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320 & A321), the A320 Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

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