Eight Airbus A330-200 freighters originally ordered by Avion Aircraft Trading have been cancelled, six years after the Icelandic lessor placed the deal.
The lessor had originally intended to lease a batch of the freighters to Icelandair Cargo. But the operator withdrew from the plan in 2008 during the Icelandic economic crisis.
Airbus’s backlog data shows that the Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered jets were subsequently relisted under the name of a new vehicle – OH Avion – in August 2008.
But the latest order revision from the airframer shows that the eight aircraft no longer appear on its books.
Freighter sales have suffered in the weak cargo market. Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways agreed to take a total of six A330-200Fs during the Dubai air show but the OH Avion cancellation means a net loss of orders for the type so far this year.
Airbus started taking orders for the A330-200F in 2007 and accumulated more than 80 before the backlog began to ebb.
As a result only 40 of the type have been ordered in total, of which 25 have been delivered.