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Air Transat's first Airbus A321neo. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Airbus to Add A321 Production Capacity in Toulouse

In a move that will be welcomed by a number of its airline partners, Airbus announced this week that the company will increase the production capacity of its popular A321 at its Toulouse facility.  Airbus Chief Operating Officer Michael Schoellhorn said: “We are enjoying an unprecedented high demand for our winning A320neo Family and especially its A321 Long Range (LR) and Xtra Long Range (XLR) derivatives. In order to optimize the industrial flow, we have decided to increase our global…

Fiji Airways Aims High With New A350XWB, Debuts Jet at…

Fiji Airways became the first airline in the South Pacific to operate the Airbus A350XWB on Friday when it took delivery of the first of two it has on order from the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. In taking delivery of the new aircraft, Fiji Airways is continuing its…

Air France’s First A350 Completes Maiden Flight

On Aug. 27, Air France's first Airbus A350-900 performed its maiden flight around the builder's factory in Toulouse, France. The twin-engine widebody aircraft, which bears the manufacturer's serial number MSN331 and the factory registration F-WZFN, flew for a little over three hours. This first aircraft is set to be delivered…

Air France’s First A350 Completes Maiden Flight

On Aug. 27, Air France's first Airbus A350-900 performed its maiden flight around the builder's factory in Toulouse, France. The twin-engine widebody aircraft, which bears the manufacturer's serial number MSN331 and the factory registration F-WZFN, flew for a little over three hours. This first aircraft is set to be delivered…

Qatar Airways Receives 250th Aircraft

Last week, an A350-900 was ferried from Airbus' facilities in Toulouse, France to Qatar Airways' home in Doha, representing the 250th aircraft to be delivered to the Qatari flag carrier. Just a few planes down, All Nippon Airways was receiving its first Airbus A380 from Airbus. Qatar CEO Akbar Al…

ANA Takes Delivery of First Airbus A380, Becomes Last New…

All Nippon Airways, commonly known as ANA, took delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Wednesday at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, France, becoming the first Japanese operator of the double-decker aircraft. The aircraft delivered was the first of three ANA orders for the A380, inherited by the airline…

Airbus Delivers First A330-900neo to Launch Operator TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal received its first Airbus A330-900neo on Monday at a delivery ceremony held at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The A330-900neo is the next-generation version of Airbus' popular A330-300 aircraft, a major player in the long-haul market, and is the first of two variants of the…

HNA Group Isn’t Paying for a Batch of New A330s

Chinese conglomerate HNA group, who owns carriers including Hainan Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines has six Airbus A330-300s stalled by Airbus, after failing to pay on time, as seen and reported by a Reuters journalist after the A220-300 presentation in Toulouse last week. The aircraft are being held…

Cathay Pacific Takes Delivery of its First Airbus A350-1000

Cathay Pacific took delivery this morning of its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The Hong Kong-based airline is just the second airline to receive the new fuel-efficient airliner, Airbus’ newest widebody aircraft, following Qatar Airways, which took delivery of the aircraft in February…

Qatar Airways Receives First Airbus A350-1000 in Toulouse

Qatar Airways was once again the launch customer for the newest variant of the Airbus A350 on Tuesday. After being the first customer to receive the Airbus A350-900 in January 2015, the CEO was determined to be the first airline flying the A350-1000 as well. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways…