Airbus hands over five A380s in a single month

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Airbus has taken A380 deliveries to 22 this year after handing over five in a single month, its latest order figures show.

Two of the type were delivered to Emirates on 1 October, and a third went to the Dubai-based carrier less than two weeks later.

Malaysia Airlines took another pair in the same month. Airbus says the five deliveries mark the first time it has achieved this level for the A380 in a single month.

These deliveries helped push the airframer's total 2012 output to 462 by the end of October.

But it remains behind rival Boeing which delivered 486 aircraft over the same period.

Boeing's net order figures, buoyed by agreements for the re-engined 737 Max family, are also far ahead, having been pushed into four figures by deals with Aeromexico and Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO.

Airbus's net orders totalled 403 by the end of October.

Turkish Airlines' agreement for 15 A330s accounted for most of the 23 new orders during the month, while Etihad Airways also signed for another pair.

Libyan carrier Afriqiyah Airways also increased its order for the A350 by four, simultaneously switching from the -800 to the larger -900.