Airbus stated (06-Aug-2013) a busy month for orders and deliveries brought Airbus’ backlog to a new industry record once again, with 174 aircraft bookings in Jul-2013 and 52 aircraft provided to international customers. It included the addition of two more airlines for A320neo family (new engine option) versions, while another carrier joined the list of A350 XWB customers. Details include:
- Orders: New business during the month was led by easyJet’s purchase confirmation for 135 A320 family aircraft, composed of 100 A320neo and 35 A320ceos. easyJet already is the largest A320 family customer and becomes a new customer for the neo. Orders for Airbus’ single-aisle product line in Jul-2013 also included two bookings from lessors: 15 A321ceo aircraft from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) and CIT’s contract for five A321ceo and three A319ceo. Also added to the order book were three A320neo and three A320ceos for Syphax Airlines, becoming the first African-based carrier ordering the neo. Nepal Airlines Corporation confirmed a firm booking for two A320ceo aircraft equipped with sharklets. The widebody product line registered two bookings in Jul-2013: SriLankan Airlines’ agreement for four A350-900s, becoming a new A350 XWB customer; and three A330-300s for Turkish Airlines. With the latest business transactions, and taking cancellations into account, Airbus has registered a total of 892 net orders in the first seven months of 2013;
- Deliveries: Jul-2013 deliveries totalled 52 aircraft, involving 42 A320 family aircraft, nine A330s and one A380. Among them were the first of 12 A380s for British Airways, making it the 10th carrier to receive the carrier; American Airlines’ initial Airbus single-aisle aircraft, which also was the first A319 delivered with sharklets; and an A330-300 to Cathay Pacific, marking the 1000th A330-series aircraft provided to the global base of operators and customers.
The month’s activity brings total Airbus deliveries in 2013 to 347, with these aircraft provided to 79 customers during the Jan-2013 to Jul-2013 timeframe. As a result of the July orders and deliveries, Airbus once again surpassed the industry backlog record, with 5227 aircraft to be delivered as of 31-Jul-2013. [more - original PR]