This week saw some firsts for airlines around the globe, let's start with Airbus and an A321neo, which was delivered to...
TAP Air Portugal
After receiving their first A320neo a few weeks ago, TAP is now one of only a few airlines around the globe to have both new NEO's in their fleet, the other being CHina Southern, Sichuan Airlines, WOW Air, Volaris and ANA. CS-TJI was delivered from Hamburg Finkenwerder on June 19th and has yet to enter into commercial service. TAP is likely equipping the new type in the same way as their regular A321, featuring 216 seats in Economy and Eurobusiness. A further 11 regular A321neo will be delivered to TAP over the coming years with another 12 A321neoLR to join its fleet from year's end.
Probably the most high-profile delivery this week was the first A350-1000 for Cathay Pacific. B-LXA was delivered on June 19th too and arrived safely in Hong Kong after a nearly 12-hour flight from Toulouse. Up to 334 passengers can enjoy Cathay's new flagship which will be deployed on inner-Asian routes first before starting flights to Washington DC and Europe. Read more about it here.
The first Boeing 737 MAX for an Indian airline also got delivered this week. VT-JXA was contractually delivered on June 19th, ferried to Goose Bay on June 20th and onwards to Prague on June 21st, where it has been since then. The first aircraft from Jet Airways' order for 150 is leased from GECAS and while the configuration is still unknown, Jet equips its current 737-800 with 168 seats in both Business and Economy.
Canada's second largest airline also received another 737 MAX this week but this time it features the airline's new livery which was introduced earlier this year. C-FNWD is their seventh 737 MAX 8 and also features 174 seats in "Plus" and Economy.
One of Russia's many regional carriers is venturing into the longhaul market with three Boeing 777-200 which were formerly with now-defunct VIM Airlines. VP-BLI is the first of the trio to be delivered and will start operations to China soon. So far there are no clues to the plane's configuration and no pictures have been released so far.