Overall A320 orders pass five-figure mark

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Airbus’s latest agreement from US carrier JetBlue Airways for 35 A320-family jets takes total single-aisle orders into five figures, 30 years after the type secured its first customers.

The airframer had 9,931 orders for the A320 family at the end of September – including 2,392 for its A320neo – but has since landed agreements with VivaAerobus for 52 aircraft.

While Airbus has yet to give its overall backlog status to the end of October, it confirms that the JetBlue agreement marks its 10,000th single-aisle order.

The figure illustrates the rapid development of the narrowbody market since the emergence of the A320 whose production run was originally forecast to reach only a few hundred airframes.

Around 1,100 Boeing 737s had been sold in the 18 years before Airbus landed its first A320 customers in 1983.

Boeing reached 10,000 orders for the 737 family in mid-2012, after United Airlines agreed to take 150 of the twinjet type. The US airframer’s latest data list over 11,200 orders for the 737 family.