The month in review: August 2011
Airbus booked orders for 234 aircraft in August, bringing its backlog to another record level, while further confirming the A320neo (New Engine Option) jetliner’s success and welcoming additional customers to the A320 and A350 XWB families.
The new business in August boosted Airbus’ overall total net orders to 11,075, which includes nearly 8,000 A320 and A320neo Family aircraft. Its combined backlog grew to 4,233 aircraft as of 31 August – the highest ever for Airbus – representing seven years of full production at current output rates.
Included in the month’s bookings were CIT’s firm order for 50 A320neo aircraft, Lufthansa’s purchase of 30 A320neo Family jetliners, and the finalisation of Cebu Pacific’s acquisition for 30 A321neo aircraft.
Garuda Indonesia’s completion of its order for 25 A320 Family aircraft and the booking by THAI for five A320s also underscored the continued value of current versions in Airbus’ single-aisle product line.
In addition to THAI becoming one of four new customers for the existing A320 Family, this airline also joined the list of carriers ordering A350 XWBs with its acquisition of four A350-900s – underscoring as well the upsizing trend to larger versions of Airbus’ next-generation widebody jetliner family.
With the bookings in August, Airbus’ net orders for the first eight months of 2011 reached 1,015 aircraft.
Deliveries during August totalled 36 aircraft, composed of 30 A320 Family jetliners, five A330s, and an A380. This brings Airbus deliveries for the first eight months of 2011 to 334 aircraft.
The month’s deliveries included an A380 to Korean Air, which is the third for this carrier and the 13th provided to customers so far in 2011 – bringing the overall total number of Airbus 21st century flagships received by airline operators to 54.