Orders & deliveries
The month in review: January 2011
Airbus began 2011 with January bookings for 32 new single-aisle and widebody aircraft – including an A380 order from a new customer, while delivering 33 jetliners from its A320, A330 and A380 product lines.
The orders included Asiana Airlines’ acquisition of six A380s, which are scheduled to be delivered beginning in 2014 for use on key routes of the South Korean carrier to Europe and the U.S. This brings total A380 customers to 18 and raises combined orders for the 21st century flagship to 240.
Airbus’ widebody A330 continued to expand its order volume with GE Capital Aviation Services’ (GECAS) contract in January for 12 A330-300s, along with TUI Travel PLC’s acquisition of two A330-300s. GECAS’ order brings the total number of A330s booked by this leasing arm of General Electric to 32, while TUI Travel becomes a new direct customer for Airbus – acquiring the A330s for use by its French airline subsidiary, Corsairfly.
Completing Airbus’ January transactions was Thomas Cook Group’s agreement for 12 A321s in a first step of its single-aisle fleet harmonisation and renewal plan based on the A320 Family. These newly-ordered aircraft are to be fitted with the latest fuel saving wing-tip devices known as Sharklets.
The 33 jetliners delivered by Airbus during January were received by 25 customers. This was composed of 26 A320 Family jetliners (22 A320s, three A321s and one A319), five A330s (four A330-300s and one A330-200), along with two A380s – both of which were received by Qantas.