Airbus SE is closing in on a blockbuster agreement to sell $23 billion worth of aircraft, based on list prices, to AirAsia Bhd., according to people familiar with the matter.The Malaysian airline, already the second-biggest customer for Airbus’s re-engined A320 narrowbody, is weighing an order for as many as 100 A321neo aircraft, according to people familiar with the discussions. AirAsia is simultaneously close to agreeing to order an additional 34 A330neo widebodies, which would bring its total backlog for that aircraft to 100.The orders are still subject to final negotiations, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing private talks. While no deal has been reached, the sides are close enough that at least part of the sale could be announced next week during the Farnborough Air Show outside London, the industry’s largest trade expo this year, the people said.Airbus declined to comment. AirAsia declined comment.The purchase of the A321neos would catapult AirAsia … [Read more...] about Airbus Near Blockbuster $23 Billion Jet Sale to AirAsia
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A private jet charter comparison company has revealed Liverpool FC fans have spent almost half a million pounds on hiring exclusive planes to get to Kiev. The news about how much Reds’ supporters have shelled out on travelling to the Champions League final by private airline comes as many begin an inventive journey to get to the Ukrainian capital. The Anfield faithful are known to be doing everything from driving all the way to Eastern Europe to boarding planes and trains all over the continent to get to the match against Real Madrid. Victor, who run a private plane marketplace, outlined the fact they have “seen requests for private jets increase by 2354% this year compared to last year’s final”. A spokesman for the company said: “To add to this, there is a group of 540 Liverpool fans who have hired three private jets to fly them to the city, totalling £411,000.” Because of the UK interest in this year’s final, they said demand among … [Read more...] about Liverpool FC fans spend almost HALF A MILLION pounds on 3 private jets to Kiev
A group of 540 Liverpool fans have hired three private jets to fly them to Kiev for this Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, at a total cost of almost £450,000. Fans from both Liverpool and Real Madrid have been forced into desperate measures as they attempt to organise travel to the Ukrainian capital, with the logistics of their respective journeys proving problematic. For Liverpool’s supporters, flights have been quickly booked up, with some selling for £1,000. The high prices are in part a result of Thomas Cook leasing extra planes to meet the increased demands. Liverpool's route to the Champions League final 14 show all Liverpool's route to the Champions League final 1/14 First leg: Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool (Uth 87; Alexander-Arnold 35, Nordtveit 74og) Liverpool FC via Getty Images 2/14 Second leg: Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (Can 10, 21, Salah 18, Firmino 63; Uth 28, Wagner 79) AFP/Getty Images 3/14 Liverpool 2-2 … [Read more...] about Liverpool fans spend almost £450,000 on private jets to fly them to Champions League final
World Bulletin / News Desk Indonesia's Lion Air is buying 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10 airplanes in a deal valued at about $6.2 billion, the firms said Tuesday, as the carrier looks to cash in on a transport boom in the Southeast Asian nation. The order -- the largest to date for the MAX 10 -- was valued at $6.24 billion, although multi-plane deals tend to end up costing carriers less than list prices. The firms said the newest plane, which is to be delivered from 2020, "will be the most fuel-efficient and profitable single-aisle jet in the aviation industry". The Indonesian carrier, which started less than 20 years ago with just one plane, stunned the sector in 2013 when it announced two of the world's largest aircraft orders in a monster $46 billion deal. At the time, Lion agreed to buy 234 medium-haul A320 jets worth some $23.8 billion from European aerospace giant Airbus, after a $22.4 billion deal for 230 Boeing planes. Founded in 1999 by brothers Kusnan and Rusdi Kirana, Lion Air is the … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s Lion Air buying 50 Boeing 737’s in $6.2 bn deal
No one seems interested. But I am. As the Airbus A320 begins its final approach to Heathrow, it’s running about five minutes late, travelling around 185 knots and at 4,000 feet. I wonder who’s on board and what awaits them once they arrive in west London. Unfortunately, that’s one thing Flightradar24 can’t tell me. Everything else the aircraft-tracking website has covered – the registration number of the aircraft, model, time spent in the air, distance to destination (a subscription fee unlocks even more info, including aircraft age, wind speed and temperature). I look at the planes on my computer screen then watch them pass overhead. Another BA flight, this time from Marseilles, appears through the clouds. I’m just one of two million people around the world who use Flightradar24 to follow any of the 16,000 flights that are flying through the air at any given moment. Head to the site now and you’ll see Ireland, the UK, Europe, North … [Read more...] about Flightradar24 has conquered the skies – but how does it work?