With 186 orders and 54 deliveries in November, Airbus achieved new programme milestones and reconfirmed its commercial strategy.
The new bookings brought overall Airbus orders over the 12,000 mark – to 12,064 – and boosted the current backlog to more than 4,500 aircraft, of which nearly 3,500 are from its single-aisle A320 Family.
At the end of November, Airbus had already achieved its targeted 2012 “book-to-bill” rate of greater than 1, which is the number of annual aircraft orders divided by jetliner deliveries. In addition, the 646 gross orders accumulated during the 11 months of 2012 placed Airbus just four short of its 650-aircraft sales target for the year.
Also, Airbus is heading to a new delivery record in 2012 with the 516 aircraft provided by the end November – compared with 534 in all of 2011.
New business for the Airbus single-aisle product line in November was paced by an undisclosed customer's contract for 100 A320 Family jetliners. This was accompanied by Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet’s purchase agreement for 40 A320s, the China Aircraft Leasing Company’s order for 28 A320ceo (current engine option) jetliners and eight A321ceo versions, Transavia Airways’ acquisition of six additional A321neo aircraft, and Tibet Airways’ order for one A319.
Three orders were booked during November for Airbus’ widebody A330/A340 family: two A340-500s for AJW Capital Partners Limited – a worldwide aviation services group based in the U.K.; and an Iraqi Ministry of Transportation-ordered A330-200, to be operated by Iraqi Airways – the national carrier of Iraq.
The month’s deliveries included three A380s – two for Emirates and one to THAI, which brings the total number of Airbus’ 21st flagship jetliners received so far in 2012 by customers to 25.
Among the total 41 deliveries of A320 Family aircraft in November were Tibet Airlines’ first A319 assembled at the Airbus Tianjin Final Assembly Line in China, and the initial A321 for Air Astana of Kazakhstan.
The 10 A330s provided to customers during the month included the first A330-200 to Iraqi Airways – a new operator for the type; along with the no. 1 A330-200 to Garuda; and the first A330-300s to Transasia, XL Airways and Corsair.