This Is The First A321Neo Built At The New Airbus Facility

The first A321Neo assembled at Airbus’ newest A320 Family Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France, has been delivered to Turkey’s low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines. The new facility is in the former A380 “Jean-Luc Lagardère” building. After the four-engined double-decker went out of production in 2021, the assembly line was retooled to produce the A321Neo, accounting for approximately 65 per cent of the A320 Family orderbook.

Together with the other A320 Family FALs in Hamburg (Germany), Mobile (USA) and Tianjin (China), the newest one in Toulouse will help Airbus meet its target of producing 75 A320 Family jets every month in 2026.

Pegasus Airlines, which has 68 A320Neo aircraft on order, has a fleet of 93 Airbus aeroplanes – 6 A320ceo, 46 A320neo and 41 321neo. The A321Neo, the largest derivative of the A320neo family, can fly with up to 50 per cent SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel). Its maker claims that over 5,600 A321Neos have been purchased by more than 100 operators globally.

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HONOR collaborates with Porsche Design to introduce high-end luxury smartphones

If the heightened costs of autonomous driving technologies in the auto world have coerced automakers to collaborate, the need for a technology-brimmed smartphone infused with functional design has brought two legacy makers together. Technology brand HONOR announces a long-term global partnership with luxury lifestyle brand Porsche Design to create “high-end smart devices and offer customers a luxury user experience in the world of electronics.” The first product from this alliance is set to be unveiled in China in January 2024. George Zhao, CEO of HONOR commented, “HONOR’s human-centric design melds with Porsche Design’s brand philosophy to create intelligent luxury products that will accelerate the mobile lifestyle of tech enthusiasts and Porsche aficionados alike. This long-term collaboration between HONOR and Porsche Design opens exciting new opportunities to bolster our growth in markets around the world.”

Nissan Sponsors Liwa Festival In Abu Dhabi

Al Masaood Automobiles, the authorised Nissan distributor in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western region, has confirmed its sponsorship of the 2024 Liwa Festival in UAE’s capital. The week-long festival celebrates the country’s heritage with various competitions and activities, including bike riding and camping in Moreeb Dune, a car drag race, bike race, motocross track challenge and classic cars competition. Cultural showcases and activities for kids are also part of the festival until the year’s end.

At the event, Nissan has a dedicated space to showcase three models – the Patrol, the Patrol Super Safari and the X-Trail. While the former two are renowned for tackling the dunes of deserts in the region, the latter pops up as a versatile option.

LATAM Airlines Orders More Boeing 787s

South American airline group LATAM has announced that it has ordered five additional Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This order will further strengthen its rank as the largest operator of such type of widebody jet in Latin America. Also, the group has confirmed that these five aircraft will be powered by General Electric (GE) Aerospace’s GEnx-1B engines. This move makes the Chile-based LATAM the first airline in Latin America to opt for the GEnx powerplants. The group last utilised a GE Aerospace engine nearly twenty years ago.

With the latest order and other scheduled deliveries of the same aircraft in the coming years, LATAM’s fleet will comprise 46 Boeing 787s. Compared to pre-pandemic levels, that is an increase of 20 aeroplanes. The twin-engined widebody long-haulier can fly 300 passengers 7,565 nautical miles, just over 14,000 kilometres.

LATAM Airlines currently has 332 aircraft in its fleet, comprising 56 Boeing passenger aircraft (767, 777 and 787), 256 Airbus jets (A319, A320, A320neo, A321, A321neo) and 20 freighters. Earlier this year, it took delivery of the first of 76 Airbus A321neo on order.