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Delta Takes Delivery of First Airbus A330-300

Delta Takes Delivery of First Airbus A330-300

Delta Air Lines announced that it took delivery of a new Airbus A330-300.  The wide-body aircraft is the first new Airbus plane purchased by the airline since its merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008.
Airbus’ new A330-300s are 15% to 20% more fuel efficient per seat than the Boeing 767-300 and 747-400, which Delta will replace with the A330-300s.  The carrier says it will use the new aircraft primarily on its …

Lobby Bar – May 22: Royal Flushes, Cuddle Service, and Crowd-Powered Aircraft

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Royal spoons. Jonathan Spira checks into the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, where Club Level guests are treated like royalty. These elite members receive complimentary pressing of two garments each day, free Wi-Fi access in the lounge, and a cuddle buddy for those cold New Orleans nights.
Time killer. Paul Riegler pokes around Flushing Meadows Park, which once played host to …

Airbus Launches Sustainable Aviation Engagement Programme

Airbus Launches Sustainable Aviation Engagement Programme

Airbus announced the launch of its new Sustainable Aviation Engagement Programme, a long-term partnership program meant to help airlines reduce their environmental footprints.
Through the new program, Airbus will work with Cathay Pacific, British Airways, and KLM to develop pilot projects, which will be extended to other operators worldwide next year.
Airbus said that the program is based on four main ideas, namely aircraft technology, aircraft operations, sustainable aviation fuels, and air …

Airbus Showing Off 11-Abreast Seating in A380 Superjumbo

Airbus Showing Off 11-Abreast Seating in A380 Superjumbo

At Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, Airbus showed off a new seat layout for its superjumbo A380 jet that squeezes more seats than ever in one row.
In a space where airlines at most install up to ten seats per row, Airbus has figured out how to place 11 abreast in what it calls its “budget economy” configuration.  The option will be available to airlines starting in 2017.
The mock-up on …

Arkia Israel Airlines Orders 4 Airbus A330-900s

Arkia Israel Airlines Orders 4 Airbus A330-900s

Arkia Israel Airlines announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding four up to four Airbus A330-900neo aircraft.  The agreement will make the carrier the first in Israel to operate the plane.
The A330-900neo is a member of the Airbus widebody family, which also includes the A330-800neo.  The new plane is an upgrade of the existing plane, not an entirely new design.
It will come with new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines derived …

Asiana Airlines Orders 25 Airbus A321neos

Asiana Airlines Orders 25 Airbus A321neos

Asiana Airlines announced that it signed a letter of intent for 25 Airbus A321neo planes.
The South Korean carrier will operate the aircraft on its regional routes, as well as on select domestic routes.
The A321neo will have a range of 3,650 nautical miles and seat approximately 180 passengers in a two-class configuration consisting of first class and coach.
Airbus says that the plans will first be delivered to launch customers in October …

Avianca Holdings, Airbus Sign Deal for 100 A320neos

Avianca Holdings, Airbus Sign Deal for 100 A320neos

Avianca Holdings, which operates seven Latin American airlines, announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding for to acquire 100 Airbus A320neo family planes.  The airline intends to base its fleet renewal strategy on A320neo family aircraft.
The A320neo model range currently consists of the A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo aircraft. The letters “neo” stand for New Engine Option.
The A320neo family planes will incorporate many innovations by including the latest generation engines …