Airbus awarded new orders in China
Airbus announced the signature of orders with Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, and Shenzhen Airlines for a total of 292 A320 Family aircraft, demonstrating the positive recovery momentum and prosperous outlook for the Chinese aviation market. Once the relevant criteria are met, these orders will enter the backlog. Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International Christian Scherer said “These new orders demonstrate the strong confidence in Airbus from our customers. It is also a solid endorsement from our airline customers in China of the performance, quality, fuel efficiency and sustainability of the world’s leading family of single aisle aircraft. We commend the excellent work by George Xu and the entire Airbus China team as well as our customers’ teams for having brought to conclusion these long and extensive discussions that have taken place throughout the difficult COVID pandemic.”
Airbus to Set Up China Research Centre to Boost Innovation
Airbus announced it will establish the Airbus China Research Centre in Suzhou, East China’s Jiangsu province, to strengthen the company’s footprint and innovation partnerships in China. Airbus and Suzhou Industrial Park signed a framework agreement on the establishment of the center. It will carry out research work on advanced technologies, such as hydrogen energy infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, and the aviation industry’s upgrading with digitalization and intelligence operations in 2023. Airbus China CEO George Xu said “China not only has a promising aviation market, but also has advanced technological advantages in many fields.”
China Airlines deploying FlightPath3D fleet-wide
China Airlines has deployed the first, full, 3D second screen FlightPath3D product on its A321neo inflight entertainment (IFE) system powered by Safran, using FlightPath 3D’s “any device, any platform” technology. China Airlines is working towards integrating a single map experience across all its platforms. China Airlines Vice President for Corporate Development Office Jeremy Chang said “We’re excited to have the most advanced 3D map available on our seatback and mobile devices simultaneously on our A321neo. FlightPath 3D’s engaging moving map technology on our second screen, plus the flexibility to add the kids app on our IFE, shows FlightPath3D’s ability to work with us to drive our initiatives of providing the best inflight experience for all passengers.”
Icelandair Signs New Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Lease Agreements with BOC Aviation
Icelandair has entered into agreements with BOC Aviation (BOCA), regarding long-term operating leases of two new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered from Boeing in the fall of 2023. This transaction will bring the total number of 737 MAX in the Icelandair fleet up to 20 aircraft.
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