Airbus net orders exceed 1,000 in just eight months

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Just two-thirds of the way through the year, Airbus has broken through the net 1,000-order mark following the firming of several agreements in August.

These include the 88-jet deal for A320s from two Chinese firms, disclosed earlier this year, and the confirmation of 135 A320neo-family orders from Lufthansa, Cebu Pacific, Garuda Indonesia and lessor CIT.

Lao Airlines and Thai Airways rounded off the month with orders for seven A320s, while Thai provided the only widebody order for August, signing for four A350-900s.

Gross orders for the airframer this year reached 1,156 but Airbus has also achieved a four-digit net figure with a total of 1,015 aircraft.

Airbus's gross total includes 1,066 A320-family jets and 90 long-haul aircraft, among them 12 A380s.

It delivered 334 aircraft over the first eight months of 2011, one fewer than at the same point last year.