Airbus orders approach 150 after firmed Air Lease deal

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Lessor Air Lease's firming of 36 Airbus A320neo-family jets, plus an order for a single A320 from BOC Aviation, lifted the airframer's gross order total to 149 aircraft over the first five months of 2012.

There were no additional cancellations listed by Airbus in its updated sales briefing to 31 May, and the net order figure reached 132.

Airbus delivered three A380s in May - to Air France, Lufthansa and Malaysia Airlines - taking the total for the type this year to eight.

Among the 228 deliveries achieved so far in 2012 were 42 A330s and 178 A320-family aircraft. The airframer delivered 217 jets over the same period in 2011.