Dubai Airshow pushes all-time Airbus orders above 20,000

Orders from Air Arabia, Emirates and flynas last month give end-of-year boost to Airbus’ order book
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Fiji Airways took delivery of its first A350-900s in November. This A350 was exhibited on the tarmac at the Dubai Airshow.
Fiji Airways took delivery of its first A350-900s in November. This A350 was exhibited on the tarmac at the Dubai Airshow.

The overall number of commercial aircraft booked by Airbus has reached more than 20,000 following the Dubai Airshow, which saw the business strike several large deals.

222 orders for commercial aircraft in November raised the total number of aircraft orders won by Airbus since its creation to 20,058.

November’s orders covered the A320neo family, A330neo and A350 XWB members of Airbus’ product line.

And during the month, a total of 77 single-aisle and widebody aircraft were delivered to customers.

The Dubai Airshow played a significant role in bumping up Airbus’ order book and included Air Arabia’s firm order for 120 A320 family aircraft, comprising 73 A320neos, 27 A321neos and 20 A321XLRs.

Emirates Airline’s signed for 50 A350-900s at the show along with a firm order from flynas, Saudi Arabia’s first low-cost airline, for 10 A321XLRs.  

Other widebody order bookings during November included 16 A330-900 versions of the A330neo for Cebu Pacific, 10 A330-900s for CIT Leasing, and four A330neo aircraft in the A330-800 configuration for an unidentified customer.

Completing the month’s new business was easyJet’s order for 12 additional A320neo aircraft.

Among the month’s notable deliveries were the first A350-900s received by Fiji Airways and Scandinavian carrier SAS; along with the first A320neo to Air Corsica and an A321neo to Air Asia.

Taking the latest orders, deliveries and cancellations into account, Airbus’ backlog of aircraft remaining to be delivered as of 30 November stood at 7,570. This total was comprised of 6,193 A320 Family aircraft, 628 A350 XWBs, 432 A220s, 306 A330s, and 11 A380s.

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