A very busy month of June saw Airbus log orders for 100 jetliners – split almost equally between its A350 XWB/A330 widebody aircraft and the single-aisle A320 Family; while 80 deliveries were made from across the in-production A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380 product lines.
Turkish Airlines booked 25 A350 XWBs in the A350-900 version, and 10 A350-900s were ordered by an undisclosed client. Both are new customers for the A350 XWB.
Two A330 transactions were logged in June: one involving 10 new engine option (NEO) A330-900s for an undisclosed customer; the other for two A330-200s acquired by International Airlines Group (IAG).
Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest airline, became a new customer for A320 NEO-series aircraft, booking an order for 20 A320neo versions and 10 in the A321neo configuration. An undisclosed client ordered 20 A320neo jetliners, also becoming a new customer for NEO versions of the A320 Family. Completing the month’s new business activity for Airbus single-aisle jetliners was an order from Germany’s Lufthansa for three A320ceo aircraft.
The 80 deliveries made to 41 customers represented a record month of June for Airbus, led by 67 single-aisle A320 Family aircraft (of which 41 were A320neo/A321neo versions).
Eight widebody A350 XWBs were provided in both the A350-900 and A350-1000 configurations during June, keeping Airbus on track to reach its production target rate of 10 A350 XWBs per month by year-end 2018. Receiving A350 XWBs in June were Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific, which took delivery of its first A350-1000; and Spain’s Iberia, with an initial A350-900 (the first for an operator in the International Airlines Group).
Completing Airbus’ widebody deliveries in June were three A330-200s/A330-300s, along with two A380s.
With June’s order and delivery activity taken into account, net orders logged by Airbus during the first six months of 2018 totalled 206 jetliners (composed of 145 A319s A320s and A321s in the NEO version; 11 A319s, A320s and A321s in the CEO configuration; four A330ceo jetliners, four A330neo aircraft, 28 A350 XWBs and 14 A380s).
As of 30 June, Airbus’ overall backlog of jetliners remaining to be delivered stood at 7,168 aircraft, representing approximately nine years of production at current rates.