The month in review: September 2012
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Orders for A330 and A320 Family jetliners were the focus of Airbus’ new business in September, with 10 widebody and 12 single-aisle aircraft sold during the month. Deliveries remained strong at 41, bringing the January-September timeframe delivery total to a new record in the company’s history.
The month’s A330 order came from Philippine Airlines, which booked 10 A330-300 versions as a follow-on to the airline’s major order in August – which was for another 10 A330s and 44 A321s as part of this carrier’s fleet modernisation programme. For its latest 10-aircraft order, Philippine Airlines selected the A330’s new 240 tonne high gross weight version, with its extra range capability enabling non-stop operations from the Manila home base to any destination in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the Middle East and as far as Honolulu.
September bookings for the Airbus single-aisle product line were composed of 10 A320neo aircraft for an undisclosed client – bringing the total customer count for this new engine option to 30; along with two A320ceo (current engine option) jetliners for Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited, an aircraft leasing company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
The total of 41 aircraft provided to customers in September brought combined deliveries for the first nine months of 2012 to 405 – a record since the creation of Airbus. This month’s deliveries were composed of three A380s (including the first for a new operator: Thai Airways International - THAI), along with 32 A320 Family jetliners and six A330s.
Out of the total aircraft delivered during the month, 26 went to the Asian market (three A380s, five A330s and 18 A320 Family aircraft), while North American deliveries included three A321s to US Airways – the largest single operator of Airbus jetliners.
With September’s activity taken into account, Airbus net orders logged so far this year totalled 382, while the overall backlog stood at 4,414 aircraft.