Ten A330s cancelled but A320neos ordered in September

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Airbus's third-quarter order figures reveal that 10 A330-300s were cancelled by an undisclosed customer as the airframer signed up Philippine Airlines for another 10 of the same type.

The data for the nine months to 30 September also shows that an unidentified customer ordered 10 A320neos. This takes the total number of customers for the re-engined type to 30.

One other order was recorded in September, for a pair of baseline A320s for Irish-based lessor Aircraft Purchase Fleet, which has historically close links with Italy's Alitalia.

Airbus's gross order total for the first nine months reached 437 while Boeing recorded 880, of which 795 were for its 737 variants - a total reinforced by a surge of orders for its re-engined Max version.

Over the period amendments and cancellations brought Airbus's net order figure down to 382. The airframer delivered 405 aircraft over the period - including 17 A380s - compared with Boeing's 436.

Airbus says the delivery figure, which included 41 aircraft handed over to customers in September, is a record for the airframer for the nine-month period.

Overall backlog for the manufacturer stood at more than 4,400 aircraft at the end of September.