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Aircalin's first A330neo during a delivery ceremony in Toulouse (Photo: Airbus)

Aircalin Returns Airbus A330neo After Cabin Odor Reports

Aircalin, a carrier based in the Pacific island of New Caledonia, has withdrawn one of its new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft from service and has sent it back to Toulouse, France for further inspection. The airline has reported that it sent the aircraft back after staff noticed a strong smell of oil. or as some have reported "smelly socks" within the cabin on flights. The crew had even complained of headaches, respiratory, and eye irritation, according to CAPA. Employees from Airbus…

Cebu Pacific Signs Firm Order for 16 A330neo Jets

On Monday, Airbus announced that Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific signed a firm order for 16 of their A330neo widebody jets. The deal is valued at $4.8 billion and represents the widebody portion of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Cebu Pacific and Airbus at the Paris Air Show in June…

Air Senegal Plans to Launch U.S. Flights

Senegal's flag carrier, Air Senegal, announced interest in starting flights to the U.S., potentially connecting its capitals with flights between Dakar and Washington DC, as announced last week by Senegal's tourism minister Aliou Sarr, a route that was recently abandoned by South African Airways. During his visit to the Senegalese…

Air Asia X Chooses Airbus A321XLR Over A330neo

AirAsia X, the long-haul unit of the AirAsia Group, has finalized a firm order with Airbus for an additional 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR aircraft. The contract was signed by Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman, AirAsia X Berhad and Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus in Kuala Lumpur on Friday,…

Air Asia X Chooses Airbus A321XLR Over A330neo

AirAsia X, the long-haul unit of the AirAsia Group, has finalized a firm order with Airbus for an additional 12 A330-900 and 30 A321XLR aircraft. The contract was signed by Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman, AirAsia X Berhad and Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus in Kuala Lumpur on Friday,…

AirAsia X Receives First A330neo

AirAsia has taken delivery of its first A330neo.  The aircraft will be operated by the carrier's long-haul affiliate AirAsia X Thailand and will be based at Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport.  According to Airbus, the new jet was delivered via aircraft lessor Avolon.  It is the first of two A330neos…

AirAsia X Receives First A330neo

AirAsia has taken delivery of its first A330neo.  The aircraft will be operated by the carrier's long-haul affiliate AirAsia X Thailand and will be based at Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport.  According to Airbus, the new jet was delivered via aircraft lessor Avolon.  It is the first of two A330neos…

Delta Debuts New A330-900neo Early on Seattle to Shanghai Route

Delta Air Lines became the first North American airline to induct the Airbus A330-900neo into revenue service as the first of 35 aircraft began operations for the Atlanta-based airline this week. The inaugural flight, DL589, was operated from Seattle to Shanghai, the first of three destinations from Seattle that will…

Airlines Report Nausea-Inducing Cabin Fumes on Airbus’ A330neo

While Boeing has been under fire for continued problems arising with its next-generation 737 MAX aircraft, the next-generation offerings of its main rival Airbus have been largely free of issue, until now. Operators of the Airbus A330-900neo recently have been reporting toxic fume leakages in the aircraft’s cabin, potentially coming…

TAP Air Portugal Expands to San Francisco with New A330neo

TAP Air Portugal flew its inaugural flight from its hub in Lisbon to San Francisco Monday with the brand new Airbus A330-900neo jet. The new service to San Francisco (SFO) marks the flag carrier’s second regular trans-Atlantic A330neo flight to the U.S. after Chicago O’Hare and is the first non-stop…