Dubai's DAE axes 30 more Airbus orders

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Middle Eastern lessor Dubai Aerospace Enterprise has cancelled another 30 aircraft from its Airbus order book, including 12 A350s.

The decision has wiped out Airbus' sales for the first two months of the year, leaving it with a negative net order count for the end of February 2011.

DAE's backlog had originally featured 70 A320s and 30 A350s.

Last year it slashed seven A350s and 18 A320s from its books. DAE also dropped several orders it had placed with Boeing.

Airbus' latest monthly order data, covering the period to the end of February 2011, reveals that DAE has axed another 30 jets.

It has cut a dozen A350-900s, reducing its order to just 11, as well as 18 A320s, leaving it with 34 on Airbus' books.

Airbus secured orders for eight aircraft in February - four A380s for Skymark Airlines and three A330s for AirAsia X, plus a single private A319 - taking its gross figure to 40 for the year so far.

But the DAE cancellation, on top of the removal in January of Flyington Freighters' order for the A330-200F, leaves Airbus with a net deficit of three airframes for 2011.

Airbus delivered 73 aircraft in the first two months of the year, including two A380s, 15 A330s and 56 A320-family jets.