ILA: Airbus expects to deliver 200 sharklet A320s in 2013

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Airbus expects some 200 A320-family aircraft to be delivered next year with sharklet wing-tips.

While this figure is less than half of recent annual delivery totals, the airframer says this is primarily because of supply limitations.

"I wish I could ramp it up further," says chief operating officer for customers John Leahy. "It's more of a supply constraint than demand constraint at this point."


 A320 with the sharklet wing-tips

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The first sharklet-equipped A320 will be delivered to AirAsia. Leahy predicts the airframer might achieve more than 650 orders this year, despite passing the initial rush for A320neos.

The manufacturer has secured orders for 415 jets so far this year but Leahy says that while Airbus is "on track" for 650 orders, the year-end total "may be a little bit more than that".