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THE MONTH IN REVIEW: JULY 2014

A busy month – boosted by new business announced during the Farnborough Airshow – brought Airbus’ backlog to a new industry record backlog of 5,912 aircraft at the end of July, representing eight-to-nine years of full production for its commercial jetliners.

During the company’s best-ever Farnborough air show performance, Airbus revealed transactions totalling 130 firm orders with a list price value of $38.4 billion, with these contracts taking firm bookings for the A320neo (new engine option) Family to more than 3,250 from 60 customers.

The 50 cancellations recorded in July included the conversion of 39 A320ceo (current engine option) Family to NEO versions.  This will help readjust the CEO bookings prior to Airbus’ future transition from producing CEO variants of its best-selling A320 jetliner product line to the NEO versions.

The month’s firm orders were led by SMBC Aviation Capital’s booking of 110 A320neo and five A320ceo versions; Hong Kong Aviation Capital’s finalization of an agreement for 40 A320neo and 30 A321neo aircraft; 60 A321neo jetliners for Air Lease Corporation; 50 A320neo versions for AerCap; an undisclosed customer’s contract for 17 A320ceo, 21 A320neo and seven A321neo versions; along with 19 A320ceo, 4 A320neo, 14 A321ceo and 3 A321neo aircraft for BOC Aviation.

Also announced during the month was British Airways’ order for 13 A320neo and seven A321neo jetliners, along with ANA Holdings’ contract covering 23 A321neo and seven A320neo aircraft.

Completing the activity in July were two order changes as part of conversions from A320ceo Family aircraft to NEO versions, involving 23 for Air Asia and 12 for the LATAM Airlines Group.

Taking the new bookings into account with the month’s cancellations, Airbus ended July with net orders for 705 commercial jetliners logged so far in 2014.

Not included in the month’s firm order book are Memorandum of Understanding commitments signed with customers for a total of 121 A330 jetliners in the A330-800neo and A330-900neo new engine option configurations, which were formally launched at the Farnborough Airshow – further reinforcing Airbus’ presence in the global widebody jetliner marketplace.

The high representation of leasing companies in July’s orders and commitments is indicative of long-term confidence in the capacity needs for airlines’ sustainable growth during the coming years, as these lessor customers are widely regarded as the air transport industry’s global “barometer.” 

Deliveries during the month were composed of 39 A320 Family aircraft, seven A330s and three A380s, bringing the total number of jetliners provided so far in 2014 by Airbus to 352 – compared to 347 during the same timeframe last year.

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Review the worldwide Airbus orders and deliveries totals with the summary table, below.  For a full listing, utilise the link underneath the summary table to download the latest Excel file – which is updated monthly and lists all firm commercial aircraft transactions, including the family of Airbus executive and private aviation jetliners. 

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