Orders & deliveries
The month in review: September 2011
Airbus’ order volume increased in September with new bookings for 23 aircraft ranging from its A318 to the A330, while the company delivered 40 aircraft – including three of the A380 flagship jetliners.
Leading the month’s new business was Singapore Airlines’ order for 15 A330-300s, which are to join its existing fleet of 19 A330-300s that are flown from Singapore to destinations across the Asia-Pacific region and to the Middle East. Singapore Airlines is a key Airbus customer, with a fleet that also includes A340s and A380s – and the A350 XWB also on order.
Another A330 Family booking during September was Avianca’s order for four A330-200F freighter aircraft, which are to be utilised by the carrier’s cargo subsidiary, Tampa. Avianca is part of the AviancaTaca Holdings airline group, and this order will make Avianca the first operator in Latin America to receive the new A330-200F. AviancaTaca and its subsidiaries already operate seven A330-200 passenger airliners, along with 81 A320 Family aircraft.
The A330-200F is Airbus’ new-generation cargo aircraft that meets operators’ needs in the mid-size long-haul segment, and Avianca becomes the 10th customer for this aircraft type.
Completing the orders in September were Air Tibet’s acquisition of two A319s, as well as the purchase of two corporate jets – one ACJ318 and an ACJ319 – booked by separate new private customers for Airbus.
With the September transactions, Airbus’ 2011 net orders through 30 September totalled 1,038, bringing the company’s current commercial jetliner backlog to 4,216 aircraft.
Airbus deliveries in September were paced by the 32 A320 Family aircraft provided to international customers. This takes overall A320 Family deliveries past the 4,800 mark, with the combined total reaching 4,822 at month-end.
Among the five A330s delivered during September was the first A330-200F for MASkargo, the freight subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. MASkargo joins Etihad Airways, Hong Kong Airlines and Turkish Airlines as operators of the A330-200F.
The month also was busy for the A380 programme, with two additional jetliners provided to Singapore Airlines and another received by Korean Air.