By Dominic Lalk
The week has created some headaches for Airbus. On Wednesday, the European OEM announced that up to 3,700 jobs could go at the group as it reduces production of the A380 and the A400M. The following day, Airbus revealed Hawaiian Airlines, the sole customer for the A330-800, had cancelled its order for six of the smallest A330neo variant, which leaves the -800 program in limbo.
But there was good news too for the Toulouse OEM. Start-up carrier, Bamboo Airways, signed an agreement for 24 A321neo from 2022 in Hanoi. The planned airline said it would sign for another 24 of the long-and-thin A321LRs once its business licence had been approved. Similarly, Taiwan’s StarLux Airlines said it planned to launch operations with 14 A320neo aircraft.
Mainland flag carrier, Air China, will commence a Chengdu-London service, Shanghai Airlines will take delivery of its maiden B787-9 in coming weeks and Sichuan Airlines is considering an A350 route to Panama City.
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