Airbus’ 2013 order book grew by 41 aircraft in February with its A320, A330 and A350 aircraft families, while 45 jetliners were delivered to customers during the month.
Leading the new business was a contract from Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation for 20 A350-900s and five A350-1000s, along with 14 A321neo (new engine option) jetliners. With this booking, Airbus’ overall orders for its A350 XWB product line surpassed the 600 mark, sold to 35 international customers.
February’s other acquisition was Turkish Airlines’ contract for two more A330-300s as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans.
Deliveries during the month were led by 35 single-aisle A320 Family aircraft provided to international airlines, leasing companies and a private customer – with this total composed of 23 A320s, nine A321s, two A319s and one A318. The jetliners included nine equipped with Airbus’ Sharklets wingtip devices, which improve aerodynamics while significantly reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
Twin-aisle A330 deliveries in February were composed of seven A330-300s and one A330-200. Completing the month’s activity was the handover of two more A380s (received by Malaysia Airlines and China Southern).
With the new business and delivery activity in February, Airbus’ net orders for 2013 reached 162 aircraft, while its overall backlog stood at 4,764.