Asia-Pacific continues as one of the top geographic markets for Airbus as the area’s airlines expand and modernise their fleets with a full range of jetliners in the company’s product line – from its best-selling A320 Family to the 21st century flagship A380.
This region accounted for half of Airbus’ new business in 2011, representing 802 of the 1,608 firm orders booked last year.
The single-aisle A320 Family remains a favourite of Asia-Pacific carriers, with orders coming from both the large full-service airlines and the expanding low-cost carrier segment.
Many of the market’s single-aisle contracts signed in 2011 were for A320neo Family aircraft, as 546 orders were booked for the new engine option versions – including landmark orders from such operators in the region as AirAsia and Jetstar. Airlines also continued to endorse the A320 Family’s effectiveness in its current engine option, with nearly 200 firm bookings last year for these aircraft.
Airbus also performed well in the region’s widebody selections during 2011, receiving orders for 50 mid-sized aircraft (46 A330s and four A350s), along with 22 A380s.
In terms of deliveries, Asia-Pacific accounted for more than 30 per cent of Airbus’ total production output in 2011, with 170 aircraft directly provided to the market’s operators. When the supply of leasing company aircraft to the region’s airlines is taken into account, last year’s delivery total increased to 220 jetliners – representing 41 per cent of all deliveries in the 12-month period.
The importance of Asia-Pacific will continue, as its customers account for nearly 40 per cent of Airbus’ total backlog of almost 4,500 aircraft. “This is a situation that we are very comfortable with, particularly given the relative health and strong prospects for carriers in this region,” said Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders.