Toulouse - The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has recorded 45 net orders and delivered 121 aircraft in the first quarter of 2018.

During the month of March, Airbus delivered 56 aircraft, including 45 from the A320 medium-haul family. Fourteen of these aircraft were A320neo, the re-engineered version of the single-aisle, which provides operators a 15% reduction in fuel consumption compared to the previous generation.

The remaining deliveries are for long-haul devices that consist of five A330, five A350-900, and one A380.

Airbus had delivered 136 aircraft in the same period of the previous year, 15 more compared to the 1st quarter of 2018.

At the same time, Airbus received new orders for 68 aircraft and 23 cancellations. Net order intake for the first quarter is 45 aircraft, compared with only six orders in the same period in 2017.

The aircraft orders received in March are are mostly the manufacturer's best selling single-aisle family: six A320neo for an unidentified customer and two A321ceo for the Vietnamese carrier VietJet.

Airbus received in early 2018 a much sought after follow-up order from Emirates for the time being 20 A380, which secures the production of the program. Virgin Atlantic broke up an order for six A380.

At the end of March, Airbus' backlog includes 7,189 aircraft. 6,083 A320neo, 695 A350, 303 A330 and 108 A380.