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Air India took delivery of its first of 14 A320neos leased from Kuwait-based ALAFCO.  Air India is the first CFM powered A320neo operator in India. This delivery is the first A320neo for ALAFCO from an order for 85. The A320neo is now part of Air India’s fleet of 66 A320s.

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[Update: Each MAX seat will have both AC power (with an international outlet) as well as USB. No news on neo fleet yet]

American Airlines will not install seat-back IFE screens on its 737 MAX fleet. The first four MAXs are due later in 2017.  The airline plans to offer free entertainment via Wi-Fi (powered by ViaSat) which will enables passenger personal device connectivity. American will provide access to its movies and TV show libraries and live TV.  Not all the content access will be free, but some will be.

“We know in-flight entertainment is important to our customers, which is why we’ve committed to offering free, streaming high-quality movies and music, and to investing in fast satellite-based Internet access and power at every seat across our domestic fleet,” the airline said in an employee statement. They went on to say: “More than 90 percent of our passengers already bring… Continue reading

Mexico’s VivaAerobus took delivery of its first A320neo October 5.  Its last leg of the ferry flight to Mexico is the longest A320neo flight to date. The leg was from Keflavik, Iceland to Monterrey, Mexico and took nine hours and 32 minutes.  The aircraft saw fuel burn 18% better than the airline’s current generation A320s powered by V2500s.

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The aircraft undertook its first passenger flight on October 18.  “On day one of passenger service, the aircraft conducted eight flights carrying about 1,160 passengers between various cities in Mexico.” according to Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO VivaAerobus.

Bombardier announced that its 2016 C Series deliver schedule will be delayed, while citing the statistics from the first two aircraft in service with Swiss.  The good news is that the two CS100 aircraft in service with SWISS have collectively flown nearly 400 revenue flights, and accumulated nearly 600 flight hours.   The bad news is that Bombardier stated engine delivery delays will cause delivery reductions from a planned 15 to only 7 aircraft in 2016.  Since the OEMs are paid their final installment on delivery of aircraft, it impacts revenues and cash flow. The company will deliver the third CS100 to SWISS next month and deliver the first CS300 to airBaltic in the fourth quarter.

The supply chain is under stress.  During the UTC media day event prior to the Farnborough airshow,  P&W pointed out their greatest concern was parts supply and the supply chain.  At that time, one official noted that P&W and CFM… Continue reading

We have posted a few stories about the single aisle bubble.  Now it seems there are cracks in delivery slots coming.

Michael O’Leary has an insatiable appetite for 737s.  If delivery slots open up, exploiting them will be a card Ryanair has played before.  “If additional slots became available in 2017 or 2018 we’d happily take them,” Mr O’Leary said in London. “If Boeing have more cancellations and all of a sudden instead of having oversold their order book they now have unplaced aircraft, I’m sure they’ll come back to us.”

That last comment is especially apropos.  Yesterday Qatar’s CEO Akbar Al Baker made a strong statement, again.  The threat to walk away from its A320neo order are strong words.  Qatar obviously needs single aisle aircraft to create feed for its growing longhaul network.  Earlier this year Mr Al Baker remarked about switching to Boeing’s… Continue reading

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