January 19, 2016
Emirates has announced plans to deploy the larger 777-300ER on its routes to Zambia and Zimbabwe, replacing the Airbus A340-300 that had previously plied these routes and increasing capacity as a result.
Airbus is reportedly examining whether a larger version of its A350-1000 might be needed to compete with the Boeing 777X now under development. The A350-1000 is already expected to seat up to 366 passengers in a three-class seating configuration, compared to 325 for the existing A350-900. This places the A350-1000 in a comparable position relative to existing 777 models, but falls shy of the 425 seats expected for the new 777-9 version now under development.
Boeing is looking to re-outfit and deliver six of its earliest 787 Dreamliner aircraft, now that their flight test roles have been completed.
Air France is retiring its last three 747 airliners with a series of non-commercial "last flights" to be held this year. Former Air France crew members and officials have been invited to participate. The airplanes have already been withdrawn from revenue service.
ANA has placed an order for three A380 super-jumbo jets to service its Hawaii route. The aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2018.
With an imminent end to sanctions, Iran has announced plans for the purchase of 114 Airbus aircraft, including a mix of new and used A320 aircraft, as well as a number of second-hand A340s. An order for the A380 is also being considered.