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Scrapped orders leave Airbus with a bleak 1st quarter

Toulouse - In March 2019, Airbus received 58 orders, mainly for its A350XWB family wide-body jets, and delivered 74 aircraft to 40 customers around the world.

The most remarkable order came from Lufthansa Group. The German flag carrier placed a firm order for an additional 20 Airbus A350-900, bringing its total order to 45 for the same type.

Taiwanese startup StarLux Airlines followed Lufthansa with twelve Airbus A350-1000 and five Airbus A350-900. Taiwan's new airline plans to deploy its A350XWBs on long-haul routes from Tai Pei to Europe and North America as well as to selected destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.

An anonymous customer also ordered an A350-900 last month.

For the first time after a long time, the orders for the Airbus's best-selling single-aisle family jets stayed behind the wide-body orders.

Another anonymous customer placed an order for 20, Airbus A320neo family jets.

The deliveries of the last month consisted of 57 aircraft from the A320 family (13 ceo and 44 neo variants), eight A350-900 /A350-1000, five A220, three A330neo, and one A380.

Notable deliveries of the last month were the delivery of the first Airbus A350-900 to the Spanish low-cost Evelop Airlines, and the first Airbus A380 to All Nippon Airways, which made the Japanese company the first airline to operate an A380 in Japan.

In addition, Airbus delivered the very first Airbus A330neo in Africa. Air Senegal became the first airline in Africa to operate the A330-900 variant.

Despite the new orders in March, Airbus experienced more cancellations than orders in the first quarter. The company recorded 62 gross orders since the beginning of the year but some120 cancellations left the manufacturer with a negative net order figure of 58.

Earlier this month, the Colombian flag carrier Avianca canceled an order of 17 Airbus A320neo and delayed deliveries of another 35.

Taking into account the latest orders and cancellations, the European manufacturer's backlog comprises 7357 airliners as of March 31st.