AeroBrief | ACJ320neo maiden flight
On November 19, 2018: The newest Vietnamese Low cost carrier sets a date for its first flight, while Airbus newest business aircraft performs the maiden flight. On other news: Delta is switching its Airbus order, opting for more A330s.
A new date for Bamboo Airways launch
While announcing a new partnership with Petrolimex Group on November 19, 2018, FLC Group, parent company of Bamboo Airways, revealed its new objective for the airline:
“Bamboo Airways aims to take off its first flight on December 29, with 10 aircraft operated at 13 airports, and will increase to 20 aircraft at 25 airports in Q1 / 2019. Bamboo Airways will also start operating international routes from 2019.”
Bamboo Airways, was supposed to start operating on October 10, 2018. However, it failed to acquire the necessary permits on time, and was forced to postpone.
Delta modifies two orders from Airbus
Delta Air Lines ordered an additional 10 A330-900s from Airbus. This puts the total order at 35 A330-900s. The aircraft should be delivered between 2019 and 2023. In return, the American airline delayed the delivery of ten A350 to 2025-2026, while it should receive four more between 2019 and 2020.
Successful maiden flight for Airbus ACJ320neo
The first ACJ320neo successfully completed its maiden flight with a two hour and 40 minutes first flight from Hamburg on November 16, marking the beginning of its short test-programme.
ACJ320neo Family differences from airliner variants include a cargo-hold that is reinforced to carry additional centre tanks (ACTs) for intercontinental range, built-in airstairs for airport autonomy, and a lower cabin-altitude for passenger comfort.
The first ACJ320neo is due to be delivered to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter of 2018, together with a second aircraft, for Comlux of Switzerland.