ANALYSIS: Fleet Watch - Orders for March 2014

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Commercial aircraft net orders came in at 179 for March 2014 where 222 new orders were offset by 43 cancellations, while another 15 swaps occurred.

In the highlight of the month, Air Canada ordered 61 Boeing 737 Max aircraft while China Southern Airlines ordered nine Airbus A330s. Philippine Airlines placed an order for eight A321neo aircraft and also cancelled five A330s. Hainan Airlines ordered six A330s while WestJet Encore ordered five Dash 8s. China Eastern Airlines ordered five A330s and GECAS ordered five 737s.

New orders for Boeing totalled 162 while Airbus took in 40. Bombardier received 14 orders while Sukhoi received a single order during March.

In the narrowbody market, a total of 174 new orders occurred, including 126 737 Max aircraft, 36 737NGs and 12 A320 family. In the widebody market group, 28 A330s were ordered. The regional orders of the month included nine Dash 8s, five CRJs and a single Superjet 100.

Overall, the commercial aircraft order backlog ended March at 12,923, up 25 on the previous month.

This article was put together by Flightglobal Insight using Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.

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