Mandala and Air Serbia cancel long-dormant A320s

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Indonesia’s Tigerair Mandala has cancelled 25 Airbus A320s it had on order while Air Serbia, following its tie-up with Etihad Airways, has formally cancelled eight Airbus A319s.

The changes feature in Airbus’s latest backlog figures, running to the end of February 2014.

Airbus took orders for over 100 aircraft in February including the 20 A380s for leasing company Amedeo and 63 A320-family jets for VietJet Air.

Kuwait Airways firmed its previous agreement for 25 aircraft including 10 A350-900s.

Airbus’s gross orders for the first two months of the year totalled 118 aircraft, but 38 cancellations took the net figure to 80.

Mandala Airlines had 25 A320s on order but, under its new brand Tigerair Mandala, these aircraft have been removed from the February backlog. The order had long been dormant and the carrier had been in discussions to scrap the deal.

Air Serbia also had a long-standing order for A319s, originally placed by predecessor Jat Airways.

But Etihad Airways has since invested in the carrier and a large Etihad fleet deal, revealed during the Dubai air show last year, included a replacement batch of A320-family jets for the Serbian carrier.

Airbus delivered 83 aircraft over the first two months of this year, including two A380s – to British Airways and Emirates – and 15 A330s.