The month in review: February 2011
Orders and deliveries highlights in the month of February included the first firm A380 booking from a Japanese customer, along with the deliveries of 40 Airbus single-aisle and widebody jetliners.
The A380 contract was signed by Skymark Airlines – Japan’s third largest and fast growing carrier – which firmed up the Memorandum of Understanding for four aircraft announced in November 2010. With this latest acquisition, total firm orders for the A380 have reached 244 from 19 customers worldwide.
Completing the bookings in February were the AirAsia X contract for three A330-200s in the 238 metric tonne increased take-off weight version, and an order for one A319 Airbus Corporate Jetliner from an unnamed private customer.
Deliveries during the month were led by the A320 Family, involving a total of 22 A320s, five A321s and three A319s. These aircraft were received by Air Berlin, Air China, Air Lease Corporation (for Air New Zealand), AirAsia, Avianca, BOC Aviation (for Spirit Airlines), China Southern, CIT Leasing (for Spirit Airlines), easyJet, GECAS (for Aigle Azur and Spring Airlines), Hainan Airlines (Capital Airlines), Indigo, Jetblue Airways, Juneyao Airlines, Lan Airlines, Lufthansa, Niki, Saudi Arabian Airlines, TAM – Linhas Aereas, Tiger Airways and an unmanned private customer.
Widebody deliveries in February were composed of a total four A330-200s, provided to Aircastle Advisor Ltd. (for South African Airways), China Southern, CIT Leasing (for Qantas Airways); and Korean Air; along with six A330-300s delivered to AERCAP (for Virgin Atlantic Airways), Air China, Cathay Pacific, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines (Edelweiss Air) and Virgin Atlantic Airways.