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Air China Increases Wide-body Orders, 20 A350-900s To Boost Long Haul Expansion

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On July 11, China International Airlines Co., Ltd. (“Air China”) announced that the company and its wholly-owned subsidiary Air China Import and Export Co., Ltd. (“Air China Import and Export Corporation”) intend to purchase 20 A350-900 aircraft from Airbus.

The statement shows that the basic price of each aircraft in this transaction includes the fuselage, additional components and engines. According to the open market offer, the listing price of the 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft traded totaled approximately $6.537 billion. Airbus will give Air China a larger preferential price in the form of a credit memo. Therefore, the actual consideration for this transaction is lower than the listing price of the aircraft mentioned above.

The 20 aircraft to be purchased are scheduled to be delivered in batches between 2020 and 2022. In addition, the last five aircraft have the right to convert to A350-1000s.

Air China said that the transaction will expand the transportation capacity of their fleet. Regardless of their potential fleet adjustment based on the market environment and their fleet age, this order will increase the transportation capacity of Air China by approximately 9.7%, based on the available ton-kilometer ratio as of December 31, 2018.

  • On August 8, 2018, Air China introduced the first A350-900 aircraft in mainland China.
  • On August 14, the first Airbus A350-900 aircraft debuted in Shanghai.

According to the financial report, in 2018, Air China introduced a total of six A350 series aircraft. During the four-month operation period, the A350 series had a passenger load factor of 79.71% and a daily utilization rate of 11.25 hours.

Air China believes that this transaction will help optimize the fleet structure and capacity supplement, and it is expected that the cost-effective performance of Airbus aircraft will be better improved.

On June 12 this year, Air China opened a direct flight to Rome from and to Hangzhou. This is the first long-haul intercontinental route opened by Air China in the Zhejiang provience. It is also the fourth European scheduled passenger route opened by Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport following Hangzhou-Amsterdam, Moscow and Madrid.

The flight number of the route is CA731/732, 3 flights per week, and the schedule is Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. The route is operated by Airbus 330-200, with 180-degree full-flat seats in business class, cabin-wide personal entertainment system, which can bring better flight experience for passengers.

Air China’s Paris sales department announced that it will open a direct flight from Beijing to Nice. Air China will thus become the first airline in China to open direct flights to a second French city other than Paris.

Air China will open the Beijing-Nice route on August 2rd and fly the route three times weekly. Air China will also launch Airbus’s latest wide-body passenger aircraft A350 on the Beijing-Paris route on August 1st.


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KLM Signs 21 E195-E2 Confirmation Orders

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Embraer and the Netherlands KLM Cityhopper signed 21 E195-E2 confirmation orders and 14 purchase rights. The 21 confirmed order aircraft will be purchased and leased by Airbus Industrial Leasing business partner Aircastle and ICBC Leasing. At this year’s Paris Air Show, the agreement was announced in the form of 15 confirmation orders and 20 purchase rights letters of intent. If all purchase rights are converted to confirmation orders, the total value of the agreement will be $2.48 billion. It is confirmed that the 21 aircraft in the order will be leased from Aircastle and ICBC Leasing respectively, providing 11 and 10 E195-E2 aircraft to KLM.

Embraer & KLM at the 53rd International Paris Air Show

“KLM’s decision to add a further six aircraft to this order is a significant vote of confidence in our E2 programme”, said John Slattery, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Delivering 30% lower emissions when compared to KLM’s current E190s, yet still providing a further 32 seats, the E195-E2 will simultaneously increase capacity for KLM at slot constrained Schiphol Airport, while also delivering huge reductions in emissions.”

John Slattery, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation

“For KLM this aircraft is a significant part of our commitment to improving our environmental impact. Not only is the E195-E2 the most fuel efficient lowest emission aircraft in its class, it is also the quietest by a considerable margin – a huge benefit for both our communities and our passengers.

Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Embraers in factory
Embraers In Factory

The economic and environmental performance of the aircraft makes the E195-E2 the ideal aircraft for growing KLM’s European business and supporting their hub-and-spoke operation, complementing the mainline fleet. This is why Embraer nicknamed the jet – The Profit Hunter. KLM Cityhopper started the process of replacing its fleet of venerable Fokker aircraft for E-Jets in 2008, in order to enhance the existing network and to permit the efficient development of new routes. KLM Cityhopper’s all Embraer fleet currently has 49 E-Jets, the largest E-Jet fleet in Europe – 32 E190s and 17 E175s.

KLM will use a 132-seat layout for the E195-E2 aircraft. Delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2021.

E195-E2 Prototype
E195-E2 Prototype

Embraer is the world leader in the manufacture of aircraft below 150 seats. At present, more than 100 customers worldwide operate the ERJ series and E-jet series aircraft of the Embraer industry.

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Cathay Pacific Group To Optimise Fleet Allocation With 16 A321neo To HK Express

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Cathay Pacific B777

Cathay Pacific Group is set to receive 65 new aircrafts by 2024 despite recent developments in Hong Kong; in an effort for fleet modernisation, the group’s 3 airlines – Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and HK Express (acquired since March 2019 for HK$4.93 billion or US$628 million) will be each taking deliveries of a dozen new aircrafts that better suits their respective market positioning.

In order to continue strengthen Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s leading international aviation hub; the group’s existing aircraft order is comprised of 21 Boeing 777-9 aircrafts, 12 A350s and 32 A321neo aircrafts between 2020 and 2024, the group has decided upon the following fleet allocation after a comprehensive review.


B777-9XA350A321neo
Cathay Pacific2112n/a
Cathay Dragonn/an/a16 (2020-2022)
HK Expressn/an/a16 (2022- )

Cathay Pacific B777
Cathay Pacific B777

“We have four airlines in the group, each of them has its clear proposition. Cathay Pacific will continue to operate as an international full-service airline providing premium services to customers while Cathay Dragon is our regional full-service carrier. Meanwhile, HK Express will remain as a standalone, low-cost airline focusing on serving leisure travel destinations. AHK Air Hong Kong will continue to be the Group’s all-cargo carrier specialising in express cargo services.

“We will continue to invest in each of our airlines, their products and services. New aircraft are always the best platform to showcase our customer experience offerings which we are continuously enhancing in the spirit of our progressive and thoughtful ‘Move Beyond’ brand values.  Our goal is always to move people forward in life through our ability to connect them to meaningful people, places and experiences through our Hong Kong hub.”

Cathay Pacific Group Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang

The Chinese market currently makes up around 20% of Cathay Pacific’s daily flights, however, the airline is facing negative exposure in China following criticism from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, resulting the airlines earning of HK$1.34 billion in the first half of year 2019.

HK express currently operates 13 routes to Japan, marks up half of its total destinations, recent meetings between executives at HK Express and Japanese official and business in both Hong Kong & Japan signals the airline group will double its effort for Japanese expansion to offset its negative exposure from China.


Aircraft TypeInventoryOn OrderFirm
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-200
3

Boeing 777-300 15

Boeing 777-300ER 52 Boeing 777-9X 21

Airbus A330-300 33


Airbus A350-900 23 Airbus A350-900 5

Airbus A350-1000 12 Airbus A350-1000
8
Cathay Dragon Airbus A320
15

Airbus A321 8 Airbus A321neo
16

Airbus A330 25

HK Express Airbus A320 8


Airbus A321 11 Airbus A321neo 16

Airbus A320neo 5

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400ERF 6


Boeing 747-400BCF 1


Boeing 747-8F 14

Air Hongkong Airbus A300F 10

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