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    Airbus on Wednesday named Patrick Piedrafita as head of its A350 aircraft after Didier Evrard, who completed the plane's development and entry into service, was placed in overall charge of the European plane maker's commercial aircraft. Piedrafita, currently head of the A330, will be replaced by Eric Zanin, head of procurement operations. Klaus Roewe, who leads the A320neo development, will now run all A320 activities.

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    Airbus won five orders for the current version of the A330 in January, helping plug a potential gap in production as it works on an updated version due to enter service in 2017. The European plane maker said on Thursday the order for five A330-200s, worth USD$1.1 billion at list prices, came from a new customer that it did not identify. After delivering five A330s in January, Airbus now has a backlog of 193 of the wide-body aircraft including freighters.

    Fabrice Bregier, chief executive of Airbus Group's main plane making business, said earlier this month he expected more A330 orders soon but not enough to avoid lower production after 2015. Airbus produces 10 A330s a month and plans to trim this to nine in the fourth quarter. Airbus delivered 36 aircraft in January, including one A380 to Emirates, company data showed on Thursday. The plane maker beat Boeing in orders last year after a surge of new business in December, but remained behind in deliveries.

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    Colombia's Avianca has placed a provisional order for 100 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft, worth USD$10.6 billion at list prices. Avianca controls Avianca-Taca, which was formed from the merger of Colombian carrier Avianca and El Salvador's Taca in 2010. The order follows a statement that Airbus had won five firm orders in January for the current version of its A330 aircraft, worth USD$1.1 billion at list prices, from a new customer that it did not identify.

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    Airbus Sharklet retrofit...

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    Asiana Airlines has ordered 25 Airbus A321neos, worth USD$2.83 billion at list prices, for delivery from 2019. The order comes weeks after returning to profit partly due to rising traffic between its South Korean home and China. Korea's airlines benefited from a 42 percent jump in Chinese tourists in 2014, while a rise in the value of the won versus the yen spurred Koreans to take more trips to Japan, particularly toward the end of the year. By upgrading its fleet, Asiana can improve competitiveness on such routes in the face of low-cost carriers like Jeju Air who have been winning market share from full-service airlines. Regional flights make up a bigger share of revenue at Asiana than at Korean Air.

    Asiana owns low-cost carrier Air Busan Co Ltd based in southern Korea, and plans to capitalise on growth in budget travel with a second low-cost airline based in Seoul in the north. Korean airlines carried 8.14 million passengers last year, up 11 percent from a year earlier, transport ministry data showed. Of that, budget airlines carried around 23.3 percent, more than double the share of 2009. Asiana is also buying planes for long-haul routes. It has received two of six Airbus A380s on order, and will take delivery of 30 A350s from 2017 to 2025. Asiana's fleet totalled 85 planes at the end of 2014. For that year, it posted operating profit of KRW98.1 billion won (USD$89.22 million), following an KRW11.2 billion won loss in 2013. The airline has been bolstering safety oversight since a 2013 crash in San Francisco, and is contesting an order by South Korean authorities that it suspend service on the lucrative Incheon-San Francisco route for 45 days as a penalty.

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    Arkia Israeli Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to buy up to four A330-900neo wide-body aircraft, the European plane maker said. The aircraft would be worth around USD$1.14 billion based on list prices.

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    The A350 MSN2, one of Airbus’ five A350 XWB test aircraft, has landed at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport for first time to demonstrate its all new features to Iberia, the Madrid airport authorities and the media. Iberia has eight A350-900s on order.
    The A350 XWB is an efficient medium-capacity long-range wide-body aircraft. With a range of up to 8,000 nm / 14,800 km. it is available in 2 basic passenger versions: the A350-900 seating 315 passenger and the A350-1000 for 369 in a typical two-class layout.
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    Airbus Group on Friday reported net income up 59 percent to EUR€2.34 billion (USD$2.65 billion) on revenue 5 percent higher at EUR€60.7 billion. The results were boosted by a stronger than expected fourth quarter in which core earnings before one-off items rose 21 percent to EUR€1.476 billion on revenue up 9 percent.
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    Qatar Airways will take delivery of its second Airbus A350 on Wednesday and expects to receive seven more this year, chief executive Akbar Al Baker said. Qatar Airways has 80 A350s on order. Speaking at a news conference at the ITB trade fair in Berlin, Al Baker also joined Dubai's Emirates in urging US airlines to publish a document alleging unfair subsidies. "I'm sure there could be information in there that could be misleading," he said.

    Three major US airlines claim in the 55-page dossier sent to US government officials that Gulf carriers received USD$40 billion in subsidies and want the Obama administration to renegotiate Open Skies agreements. Gulf carriers deny receiving any market-distorting aid and argue that Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection enjoyed in the past by the big US carriers amounts to a form of trade distortion.

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    Just four months after entering the Final Assembly Line, and less than two months after its maiden flight, the first 242 tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant of the A330 rolled out of the paintshop in Toulouse, France in Delta Air Lines livery.

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    Vietjet is the recipient of the 9000th Airbus jet... Airbus marks the occasion by painting it with '9000th' on it.

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    Airbus Group sold a further 17.5 percent stake in Dassault Aviation on Wednesday as it unwinds its 16-year-old link to its rival. After the sale of around 1.61 million ordinary shares that raised EUR€1.64 billion (USD$1.80 billion), Airbus's stake will drop to about 24.6 percent from 42 percent. Airbus began reducing its stake in November and said at the time it would make its "best efforts" to sell more by the end of June through placements. The initial disposal followed months of negotiations between Airbus, Dassault and the French government, on whose behalf Airbus holds its stake. The holding arrangement has been considered outdated by its management, and some investors who have urged it to cash out. Airbus announced the sale of a 15 percent holding initially on Wednesday, and then raised the amount to 17.5 percent later in the day.

    Dassault Aviation bought a 460,000-share block of the stock amounting to 5 percent of its share capital at EUR€980 per share, a 21 percent discount to Tuesday's closing price of EUR€1,240. The institutional investors bought the remainder of what was offered, paying EUR€1,030 per share, about a 17 percent discount. Dassault Aviation shares were suspended on Wednesday. The placement was accompanied by an over-allotment option of up to 120,000 shares, Airbus said. Airbus said the proceeds would be used for "general corporate purposes".

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    Extremely big news for aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls Royce as they copped a 9.2-billion (yes with a B) order worth in engines from Emirates Airlines. The new order is expected to power the rest of the 50 or so Airbus A380s they have on order from Airbus. The Trent 900 engines with TotalCare® support is the choice made.

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    The Qantas aircraft involved in the incident has the registration VH-OQF. Apparently the mishap occurred sometime in the week that ended 17 April. This particular A380 is anticipated to be out for about six (6) weeks while the repairs are done. Qantas expects to get Airbus' technical team to work on the aircraft and while that is happening, Qantas 747s will be deployed to absorb the lapse.

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    'The A380: 10 years at the forefront'

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    Airbus Helicopters has obtained EASA certification for a new utility variant of the 4t-class EC145. Formerly designated the EC145e, the variant takes the older model of the helicopter and strips out unnecessary weight and equipment to deliver an additional 146kg of payload over the previous utility model, raising payload capacity to 3,750kg (8,270lb). Items removed from the twin-engined rotorcraft include the automatic flight control system, while a Garmin G500H digital cockpit has been installed instead of conventional instrumentation. The EASA certification covers single-pilot day or night operation in visual flight rules conditions. Approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration is anticipated by mid-2015.

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    TAM's first A350XWB rolled out of the paint shop recently...This is their first of 27 ordered. This one when completed with make its first commercial flight between Sao Paulo and Manaus in Jan 2016 couple months later between Sao Paulo and MIA.

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    Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) displayed an ACJ319 at the recently concluded 2015 edition of Jet Expo in Moscow. The MJet Airbus ACJ319 includes lounge areas plus a bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and is certificated for 19 passengers, allowing it to transport company executives, extended families and government delegations in comfort and style. Airbus also utilized the show to promote the advantages of two new aircraft launched earlier this year, the ACJ319neo and ACJ320neo. The ACJ319neo will fly eight passengers up to 6,750 nm/12,500 km or more than 15 hours, while the ACJ320neo will transport 25 passengers up to 6,000 nm/11, 100 km or more than 13 hours.

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    First Finnair A350XWB takes to the skies for the first time. Finnair will become the first airline in Europe to operate the A350 XWB and the third operator in the world. Finnair has acquired a total of 19 A350 XWBs and will operate its fleet on premium long haul routes, beginning with services between Helsinki and Shanghai.

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    Airbus starts assembly of the A350-1000 XWB. Premium Aerotec has delivered the forward fuselage to an Airbus facility in Hamburg, Germany. Stelia Aerospace has delivered the nose to a similar Airbus center in Saint-Nazaire, France.

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