The month in review: March 2013
Orders & deliveries
With 250 orders booked in March and 64 jetliners delivered during the 31-day period, Airbus maintained its strong commercial pace while achieving multiple milestones that reconfirmed the company’s global market leadership.
This activity brought Airbus’ overall backlog to 4,948 as of 31 March – breaking the industry record again, and ensuring more than seven years of production for the manufacturer.
Total orders booked for the single-aisle A320 Family have surpassed the 9,400 mark (reaching 9,405), while combined deliveries for the product line exceeded 5,500 (with 5,516 aircraft provided to customers). The A380 programme attained a milestone of its own, as the 100th and 101st deliveries were made to international customers.
The new business in March involved two contracts, led by Lion Air of Indonesia’s booking for 234 A320 Family aircraft – comprising 109 A320neo, 65 A321neo and 60 A320ceo versions. It adds one of Asia’s fastest-growing and most successful low cost carriers to the growing list of worldwide Airbus customers, and represents the latest major successes for both the new engine option (neo) and current engine option (ceo) variants of this best-selling product line.
Also ordering A320 Family aircraft during the month was Hawaiian Airlines of the U.S., with a contract for 16 A321neo jetliners. Hawaiian Airlines already operates widebody A330s, and its latest booking is the carrier’s first for the Airbus single-aisle A320 Family.
The handover of 64 aircraft to customers and operators in March brought the number of deliveries in the year’s first three months to 144, representing a 10 per cent increase when compared to the same period in 2012. It included the history-making delivery of Airbus’ 100th A380 – which was received by Malaysia Airlines. The 101st A380 was delivered eight days later to Thai Airways International.
Other notable deliveries during the month included the first A330 for Fiji’s national airline, Air Pacific; and two A330-200F freighters (one provided to BOC Aviation for operation by Qatar Airways, and the other for Avianca’s Tampa Cargo). Also in March, three A320s were delivered for airlines in Japan, bringing the total number of Airbus aircraft for Japanese carriers to 100.