Airbus added three aircraft to its 2013 order book in May, while the year’s sustained delivery rate continued during the month – with 45 jetliners provided to international customers and operators.
The trio of newly-ordered aircraft were A320ceo (current engine option) versions for European low cost carrier easyJet, which further underscores the confidence in Airbus’ single-aisle family jetliners by carriers that count the most on their reliability, efficiency and performance.
With this latest booking, combined net orders logged by Airbus so far in 2013 totalled 493 at the end of May, taking the company’s overall commercial backlog to 4,928 aircraft.
The deliveries in May were composed of 36 A320 Family jetliners, seven A330s and two A380s. Of this total, two A330s and two A321s were provided to US Airways – the largest Airbus operator. Also receiving aircraft during the month was Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, Air Astana, which took delivery of its initial Sharklet-equipped A320 – becoming the region’s first airline to benefit from the operating efficiency of these new wingtip devices.