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The month in review: March 2014

The month in review

China’s dynamic air transport sector topped the Airbus order book in March, with four of the country’s airlines acquiring 28 A330s – bringing the month’s total sales to 40 aircraft.  In parallel, the deliveries of 58 jetliners in March for customers worldwide enabled Airbus to mark a new milestone, providing its 6,000th single-aisle A320 Family aircraft.

In the framework of a General Terms Agreement signed during March, the following bookings were logged by Airbus with China Aviation Supplies Holding Company: nine A330-300s for China Southern; five A330-200s and two A330-300s for China Eastern; four A330-300s for Air China; along with two A330-200s and six A330-300s for Hainan Airlines (with one of the A330-300s being transferred to Hong Kong Airlines).

Completing the new business registered in March was Philippine Airlines’ booking for eight A321neo (new engine option) jetliners and an order for four A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft from SaudiGulf – a new Saudi Arabian airline.

Taking cancellations into account, Airbus’ net orders during the first three months of 2014 totalled 103 aircraft.

The 58 jetliners delivered during March were led by Airbus’ A320 Family, with 45 of these single-aisle jetliners provided to international customers – including 13 of the longest-fuselage A321 versions, reflecting the continuing airline industry demand for larger aircraft.  India’s newest airline – AirAsia India – received a Sharklets-equipped A320 as its first aircraft, becoming the newest operator of this type. 

Also delivered during the month were nine A330s, along with four A380s – with these double-deck aircraft received by British Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa.

Based on the month’s orders and deliveries tallies, the Airbus backlog stood at 5,521 aircraft as of 31 March.

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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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