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"Farnborough" (9). Airbus: orders and letters of intent

With Sichuan Airlines, Starlux Airlines, Vistara and Wataniya Airways

On the morning of the first day of the "Farnborough International Airshow" (July 16-22), Sichuan Airlines confirmed an order for 10 A-350XWB aircraft, Starlux signed a letter of intent for 17 A-350 XWB for long routes radius, Vistara has signed a Letter of Intent for 13 A-320neo and Wataniya Airways has confirmed an order for 25 A-320neo.

Sichuan Airlines

The industry confirmed at the event a deal agreed earlier in 2018 that Sichuan Airlines, based in the Southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, has selected the A-350 XWB to become the latest aircraft in its fleet.

The airline operates the largest all-Airbus fleet in China with over 130 family aircraft. In addition to its domestic network, Sichuan Airlines now operates on over 30 international routes, including routes from Chengdu to Moscow, Sidney, Dubai and Vancouver. The carrier also leased four A-350 XWBs, with the first one to be delivered by this year.

The newly introduced A350 XWBs, which is a strong supplement to Sichuan Airlines’ Airbus fleet, will be deployed on its non-stop long haul international routes, such as Chengdu to North America and Europe.

Starlux

The airline of Taiwan has selected the all-new A-350XWB for its future long haul fleet, following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of 17 aircraft, comprising 12 A-350/1000s and five A-350/900s. The agreement was announced at the "Farnborough Airshow" in the UK by Chang Kuo-wei, founder and Chairman of STARLUX Airlines and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

The news follows a decision by the airline earlier this year also to select the industry for its regional single aisle fleet, with a plan to finalise leases for 10 A-321neo aircraft from third party lessors by the end of the year.

It is a new full-service airline based in Taipei and founded by Taiwanese aviation veteran Chang Kuo-wei, former Chairman of EVA Air. The carrier will develop a network spanning destinations across Asia and long haul services to North America. It will launch regional operations in early 2020, followed by long haul services early in 2022.

Vistara

The New Delhi-based carrier has signed a letter of Intent (LoI) for 13 A-320neo aircraft to add to its existing portfolio of 21 airplanes.

The full-service airline has also committed to an additional 37 A-320neo Family aircraft from lessors. The combined agreements would add 50 A-320neo Family to Vistara’s fleet. The engine selection for its latest firm order is Leap CFM.

For VISTARA, the A-320neo will be the first aircraft to fly regional international routes.

Wataniya Airways

Golden Falcon Aviation, the exclusive aircraft provider of Wataniya Airways, has confirmed an order for 25 A-320neo family aircraft. The order follows an earlier MoU announced at last year’s "Dubai Airshow".

The firm order was signed during the "Farnborough International Airshow" by Rakan Al-Tuwaijri, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Falcon Aviation, and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

The carrier resumed operations in July 2017 and currently operates a fleet of four A-320 family aircraft serving destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia from its home base in Kuwait. 

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