Toulouse - Airbus booked 45 orders and delivered 74 commercial aircraft in November 2017. The total of the first eleven months of the year reached 333 net orders and 591 deliveries.

Last month's 45 orders are all from CDB Aviation, the aircraft leasing company, which signed for 30 A320neo and 15 A321neo. These aircraft are to the 45 A320neo that were already ordered by the company in 2014.

Since the beginning of the year, Airbus has registered 388 orders, including 332 for its single-aisle family, 12 for the A330 and 44 for the A350. After deducting cancellations and conversions, the number of net orders stood at 333 on November 30th. That's 77 less than a year ago.

74 deliveries in November

In terms of deliveries, the European aircraft manufacturer delivered 54 single-aisle and 20 wide-body aircraft to 37 customers in November. It's 13 more than in the same month of 2016.

Single-aisles are 22 A320neo. The wide-bodies are divided into:
5 A330-300 (two to China Southern Airlines, one to Aer Lingus, one to International Airfinance for Saudia and one to Thai Lion Air);

11 A350-900 (one to Vietnam Airlines, two to China Airlines, one to Lufthansa, two to AerCap for Hong Kong Airlines, one to AirCap for Air Mauritius, one to Qatar Airways, one to Air Lease Corporation for Malaysia Airlines, one to Delta Air Lines and one to Singapore Airlines); and four A380s (three to Emirates and one to Singapore Airlines).

Airbus reports that these deliveries underline the increased production rates of the A350, which should reach an average of ten aircraft per month in 2018.

With 591 deliveries over the first eleven months, Airbus will have to work hard in December to reach its target of delivering at least 700 aircraft in 2017. As of 30 November, 453 single-aisle aircraft have been delivered, including 134 neo on an annual target. 200. In addition, 55 A330s, 69 A350s, and 14 A380s have joined the fleets of Airbus customers since the beginning of the year.

The manufacturer still has a well-filled order book, with 6,616 aircraft still to be delivered at the end of November, the equivalent of 9 years of production at current rates.