Toulouse - Airbus finished the year 2017 on the run. The European aircraft manufacturer announced 755 gross orders in the last month of the year.
Last month Airbus announced 755 orders that are all from the A320 family: 50 aircraft for Qatar Airways, 100 for Delta Air Lines, 25 for Pegasus Airlines, 50 for Viva Air, 50 for AerCap, 430 for IndiGo Partners and 50 for CALC. The last three buyers that are representing 530 aircraft were announced on December 28 and 29.
As of the end of November, Airbus recorded 388 gross orders and 55 cancellations or conversions, over the first eleven months of 2017. However, all December orders will not be net additions to the aircraft manufacturer's backlog. In particular, 46 of the 50 single-aisles ordered by Qatar Airways have been converted from an existing order (30 A320neo and 16 A321neo). And some other announced contracts could also include conversions.
Airbus did not officially announce its backlog of 2017 contracts yet as it has done in previous years.
In all cases, these sales allowed Airbus to conclude 2017 on a positive note, after a year in which it was surpassed by Boeing, and shaken by investigations in several European countries due to the corruption suspicion. No need to mention the difficulties encountered in the production of the A320neo because of the problems with engine manufacturers.
The 755 gross orders announced last month belong exclusively to the A320 single-aisle family, and almost all are for the remanufactured variants A320neo and A321neo, with the exception of 15 A320ceo of the South American carrier Viva Air.
The wide-bodies of the manufacturer, the A330, A350, and A380 received only 46 net orders. Of this total, the A350 represents 44 net orders: 3 A350-900 for Air France, 10 A350-900 for Ethiopian Airlines, 20 A350-900 for China Southern Airlines, 10 A350-900 for United Airlines and 1 A350-1000 for an unidentified customer.