One of the two new business transactions logged in October moved an Airbus customer into the top 10 ranking by order volume, while the other sale expanded the Airbus corporate jet (ACJ) bookings. For the month’s 50 deliveries, the aircraft involved ranged from the A320 product line to the A380.
BOC Aviation’s acquisition of two A320ceo (current engine option) airliners during October positions it as Airbus’ 10th largest customer, with a total of 257 orders – composed of 251 A320 Family aircraft and six A330s. Headquartered in Singapore, BOC Aviation is owned by Bank of China – offering a wide range of lease management and aircraft finance services both directly and through its parent company.
Also included in Airbus’ October order book was an ACJ319 for an unnamed private customer. The ACJ319 is one of the most popular members of Airbus’ ACJ family, combining the widest and tallest cabins of any business jets with intercontinental range in this size category.
These new bookings brought net orders registered by Airbus during the first 10 months of 2014 to 794.
Deliveries during October were led by the A320 Family, with 42 aircraft from this best-selling product line provided to international customers. The seven A330s delivered in the month included the first of six A330-300 versions on order by SriLankan Airlines, joining this all-Airbus operator’s current fleet of A320s, A321s, A330-200s and A340-300s.
Completing the October deliveries was Airbus’ handover of another A380 flagship jetliner.
With the month’s order and delivery activity, Airbus’ backlog as of October 31 stood at 5,860 aircraft.