The month in review: June 2011
Airbus logged orders for 601 aircraft in an exceptional month of June – with many of these bookings announced during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, where the company was on centre stage throughout this week-long gathering of the world’s aerospace industry.
The volume brought 2011 year-to-date net orders to 640, and boosted Airbus’ backlog to 3,934 aircraft – marking a record level, and representing nearly eight years of production at current output rates.
Leading this volume of new business was the A320neo (new engine option) – paced by the 200-aircraft acquisition by AirAsia, along with IndiGo’s firming up of its order for 150 of these eco-efficient jetliners. The landmark Air Asia booking makes this customer – including its AirAsia X operation – the largest Airbus customer in terms of aircraft, with an acquisition total of 413 jetliners.
The 188 other A320neo orders in June were from GoAir (for 72 aircraft), GE Capital Aviation Services (60 jetliners ordered), SAS (with bookings for 30), TransAsia Airways (for six) and LAN Airlines (ordering 20). The current A320 Family product line also demonstrated its continued value with contracts for a total of 42 from IndiGo, Cebu Pacific Air, GE Capital Aviation Services, Air Lease Corporation and StarFlyer.
Airbus also was active with its widebody aircraft families, as a total of 13 orders for the A330 were received from Saudi Arabian Airlines, Air Lease Corporation, and CIT Leasing; while a repeat A350 XWB order was received from ALAFCO for six additional A350-900s.
The A380 order book also was enlarged with Skymark Airlines of Japan’s contract for two more of these 21st century Airbus flagships.
June was a busy month for deliveries as well, with a total of 41 jetliners provided to customers – composed of 32 A320 Family aircraft, seven A330s (including another A330-200F freighter to Turkish Airlines and the first direct delivery of an A330-300 to Aeroflot), and the handover of one A380 each to Singapore Airlines and Air France.
With this activity, Airbus’ 2011 year-to-date deliveries at the end of June totaled 258 aircraft for 66 customers.