Week 26 was very busy for both Airbus and Boeing and they have delivered several special aircraft to different customers around the globe. Let's start with an airline from the United States that did something crazy, three planes in three days! If you're wondering who it is, just continue reading the next paragraph!
Delta Air Lines
Thursday, Friday and Saturday saw Delta taking delivery of three new A321 aircraft , namely N353DN, N355DN and N357DN were ferried from their birthplace in Hamburg Finkenwerder via Reykjavik and Goose Bay to Kansas City where they will undergo minor after-delivery work before being deployed on Delta's giant network within the US and beyond. Between 194 and 197 passengers can enjoy this relatively new type for Delta which was only introduced in early 2016 and so far 55 planes have ben delivered to the airline with over 70 to go, 31 will join the fleet this year alone!
Let's stay at Airbus and the A321 for a second for the delivery of S7 Airlines' first A321neo. They already are an A320neo operator and will continue to upgrade their fleet with the biggest NEO of the A320-family. 203 passengers can enjoy VQ-BDU and its soon to be delivered three other siblings. The airplane was ferried from Finkenwerder to Moscow on June 27th and has already completed several domestic flights within Russia.
Working our way up the Airbus program, we can also celebrate the delivery of Nepal Airlines first A330-200 which will be leased from European wet-lease specialist HiFly on a dry-lease contract. Brand new 9N-ALY took off from Toulouse to Kathmandu on June 27th. This is the first ever widebody aircraft for the Nepalese carrier and they plan to operate the plane on flight to Japan, Korea and Saudi Arabia. 9N-ALY will be joined by another A330 soon and so far there are no detail on the configuration of the plane.
This also is the first brand-new aircraft which HiFly ordered at a manufacturer.
Joining Lufthansa, Finnair, Frenchbee and Air Caraibes, Iberia becomes the next airline in Europe to receive its first A350. Delivered at a big ceremony in Toulouse on June 26th and having flown the short hop to Madrid later that day, EC-MXV is the first A350 to feature new larger winglets which increase the plane's efficiency by 2-3%. With 31 business class seats, 24 premium economy seats and 293 economy seats the A350 becomes a direct replacement for Iberia's fleet of A340-600.
It is also noteworthy that with the delivery of this A350, the IAG now is the sole operator of all modern Airbus types in the world, ranging from the A318 to the A380.
Brazil's largest lowcost airline GOL received its first 737 MAX 8 on Thursday, becoming the second airline in South America to operate the type, after Aerolineas Argentinas. PR-XMA is the first of five new MAX 8 that will be delivered to the airline in 2018, 115 additional planes are scheduled from 2019. GOL ist the largest domestic and third-largest international airline in Brazil and the new type will be used to strengthen, enlarge and optimize its network. 186 passengers can enjoy the new aircraft.
LOT Polish Airlines also received a 737 MAX 8 this week, their fourth of the type, SP-LVD, is featuring a special livery to celebrate Poland's 100 year independence. The aircraft has already been deployed into service, 186 passengers can celebrate Polish independence on the aircraft.
Not only did LOT paint a 737 MAX 8 in a special livery, they also decided to paint their third 787-9 in the same livery, celebrating 100 years of Polish independence. Configured in the same way as the other 787-9, 294 passengers can enjoy this brand-new Dreamliner, which only got delivered on Wednesday.
Oman Air already is a 787-9 customer and has several of them in its fleet, but A4O-SF is Oman#s first aircraft featuring a First Class for 4 passengers. Business and Economy class have been slightly reduced in capacity to accommodate this new service class. Delivered on June 28th, the aircraft has yet to enter into commercial service.