Order and delivery activity in August reflected key continuing trends for Airbus – including the ramp-up in output to meet global demand for its jetliner product line, and the A320 Family’s sustained popularity with operators around the world.
The month’s orders were led by the CIT leasing company’s booking for five longer-fuselage A321s in the current engine option (CEO) version, underscoring operators’ needs for higher capacity single-aisle aircraft. The Texas Aviation Group and affiliates contracted for four A319ceo jetliners in August.
Completing the month’s new business was China Eastern Airlines’ order for a widebody A330-200.
These 10 bookings in August brought the year’s total net orders to 902.
Airbus’ 8,000th overall delivery occurred in August with an A320 provided to the Indonesian operation of AirAsia. This handover was particularly symbolic, as AirAsia is the A320 Family’s largest customer – having ordered a total of 475 A320s in the CEO and NEO (new engine option) versions.
Also included in the month’s 47 deliveries was Philippine Airlines’ first A321, which was the 54th A321 delivered this year.
As of 31 August, a total of 394 Airbus jetliners had been provided to 83 customers during 2013 – representing an eight per cent increase from the January-August period in 2012.
Taking into account the month’s order and delivery activity, Airbus’ backlog stood at 5,190 aircraft at the end of August.