The 248 orders logged by Airbus in November further boosted the company’s business volume and brought its backlog to more than 6,000 aircraft for the first time ever. Deliveries during the month reached a total of 61, reflecting Airbus’ sustained production pace.
Widebody bookings in November were for the A350 XWB and A330; while single-aisle orders involved A320 Family products in both their current engine option (ceo) and new engine option (neo) variants.
U.S.-based Delta Airlines placed a firm order for 25 A350-900s, while Air Mauritius firmed up its acquisition for four A350-900s. This brings overall A350 XWB bookings to 778 for 41 customers.
Completing the month’s widebody orders were 25 A330-900s for Delta Air Lines, expanding the carrier’s fleet that currently has 32 A330s and 126 A320 Family aircraft; along with a booking for 15 A330-900s by CIT Group Inc., a global leader in transportation finance. The Delta and CIT A330-900 transactions were the first firm orders for Airbus’ A330neo variant of the popular twin-engine airliner, which was launched in July.
Transactions for single-aisle A320 Family products logged in November involved Azul Brazilian Airlines’ purchase agreement for 25 A320neo and 10 A321neo aircraft; CIT Group Inc.’s order for five A321ceo airliners; along with 10 A321neo versions for JetBlue Airways and nine A321ceo aircraft for Frontier Airlines – both of the United States.
Three major A320 Family orders were booked with undisclosed customers. One involved 30 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and six A319ceo jetliners; another was for 30 A320ceo aircraft, while the third encompassed 15 A320neo, 13 A320ceo, 10 A321ceo and two A319ceo airliners.
The month’s new business brought Airbus’ total net orders in 2014 to 1,031 aircraft as of 30 November, which takes into account cancellations during the year.
November’s deliveries were composed of 46 A320 Family jetliners, 12 A330s and three A380s, bringing the 2014 delivery total to 554 aircraft that were received by 85 customers. This included the first directly-purchased jetliner by Vietnam’s VietJet Air from Airbus (an A320ceo), and the initial A330-200 Freighter directly acquired from Airbus by Qatar Airways.
Based on the month’s activity, Airbus’ backlog at the end of November stood at the record total of 6,036 jetliners remaining to be delivered – an all-time high for the company, and an industry record.