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Special coverage: 2017 Paris Air Show

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June 2017

Special coverage: 2017 Paris Air Show

Airbus achieves $40 billion of new commercial aircraft orders at Paris Air Show 2017

Providing strong evidence that the commercial aircraft market remains healthy, Airbus announced $39.7 billion worth of new business during the 2017 Paris Air Show. The company won commitments for a total of 326 aircraft, including firm orders for 144 aircraft worth $18.5 billion and MoUs for 182 aircraft worth $21.2 billion.

A320 Family aircraft sales and commitments were robust, with business accounting for a total of 306 aircraft worth $33.8 billion. This total comprises 132 firm orders worth $14.7 billion, and MoUs for 174 aircraft worth 19.1 billion. In the Widebody segment, Airbus won business for 20 aircraft worth $5.9 billion, comprising 12 firm orders worth $3.6 billion and MoUs for eight aircraft worth 2.3 billion.

Ethiopian Airlines places repeat order for 10 A350-900 Aircraft

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development of its fast expanding long-haul route network.

Last June, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to operate the A350 XWB. Today the carrier operates a fleet of five A350 XWB's, and with this latest order has 19 more still to be delivered.

Ethiopian Airlines' A350-900s are configured in a two class layout seating 30 passengers in Business Class and 313 in Economy Class. The spacious, quiet interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of passenger comfort and well-being.

"Operating the youngest fleet in the industry with modern and comfortable customer features in the cabin is one of the four pillars in our 15 years strategic road map, vision 2025, and this order placement for additional A350s is one component of this strategy. The performance, operational and cost efficiencies we have achieved with our initial A350-900s have resulted in these additional ten aircraft order placement and thereby suffice our ever-expanding global network. We will deploy this additional aircraft on our long haul routes connecting Addis Ababa with destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia," explained Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

"Ethiopian Airlines' repeat order is a resounding endorsement of the A350, its suitability, flexibility and unmatched economics.  We are delighted that innovative aircraft as the A350 are closely associated with the world's fastest growing and profitable carriers," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

Iran Airtour commits to 45 A320neo aircraft

Celebrating 45 years since establishment, the carrier has now been added to Airbus’ list of new customers. Operating scheduled services to domestic and international markets, Iran Airtour will benefit from the new aircraft to modernise its fleet and expand its operations to domestic and international markets.

“The A320neo Family with its unique features enabling operational efficiency and reliability will contribute to our growth and expansion strategy,” said Majid Shekari, Chairman of Iran Airtour Airlines. “Our success as a domestic and regional airline will be reinforced by this investment in the world’s leading single-aisle aircraft”.  

“This commitment for 45 A320neo Family aircraft demonstrates the confidence airlines have in our successful market leading single-aisle aircraft for its operational efficiency and unrivaled passenger comfort,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and President Commercial Aircraft. “We are delighted to add Iran Airtour as a new Airbus customer and we look forward to our long-term partnership”.

The MoU is contingent upon all necessary approvals, including those from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Airbus will continue to act in full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) and associated rules.

Zagros Airlines places a commitment for 28 new Airbus aircraft

Zagros Airlines, one of the leading domestic airlines in Iran, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the acquisition of 28 new aircraft, covering 20 A320neo and 8 A330neo aircraft.

The commitment was signed at the 52nd Le Bourget Paris airshow by Seyed Abdolreza Mousavi, Zagros Airlines CEO and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO and President Commercial Aircraft.

To date Zagros Airlines is the largest domestic single-aisle Airbus operator in Iran with 11 A320ceo Family aircraft.

“We are delighted to have been able to reach an agreement with Airbus for these new aircraft. We have been a loyal operator of the A320 Family and the performance, operational and cost efficiencies of Airbus aircraft was the selling point for us to order these aircraft”, said Seyed Abdolreza Mousavi. “This represents a practical step for Zagros Airlines’ fleet renewal as well as expanding our operations both domestically and internationally.”

“We thank Zagros Airlines for their trust in our most efficient single and twin-aisle product families. They will allow Zagros to modernise and expand its fleet with minimum change benefiting from our fleet commonality which is unique to Airbus,” said Fabrice Brégier.

The MoU is contingent upon all necessary approvals, including those from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Airbus will continue to act in full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) and associated rules.

Airbus Customer Services launches Airbus MRO Alliance

Airbus has launched Airbus’ MRO Alliance (AMA). Going forward this will a key part of Airbus’ strategy to grow efficient and high quality services worldwide, and to address the increasing demand for MRO services forecast in the next 20 years.

The AMA will comprise MRO members with high standards and proven expertise in airframe heavy maintenance from around the world. By combining the industrial capacities of well-established MROs with the engineering knowledge and newly unveiled digital capabilities of Airbus, AMA aims at optimising heavy maintenance turnaround time and maximising added-value on the aircraft during the shop visit downtime.

The selection process to enter the alliance is based on specific and demonstrated criteria in terms of industrial capabilities, capacities, performance and quality. Each candidate member will be audited by an Airbus team in order for the MROs to demonstrate they comply with the Airbus standards of quality and high performance. To this end, the first agreements to be involved in Airbus MRO Alliance have recently been signed with a number of leading and globally positioned MROs: AAR, Aeroman, Sabena Technics, Etihad Airways Engineering, GAMECO and China Airlines.

Under the membership scheme, Airbus will support the participating MROs in the enhancement of their performance and will provide them access to a wide portfolio of services to deliver best in class customer solutions. This will leverage Airbus services such as FHS, upgrades and Satair Group parts capability. This collaborative environment will provide airlines with a ‘one-stop-shop’ for maintenance, SB and cabin embodiment and they can be offered “Part 145” turnkey solutions to minimize ground time and maximize value on their aircraft.

For more information please contact:
Afshin Jahanshahi
Marketing Manager - Airbus Africa & Middle East