Turkish deal takes Airbus gross orders above 500

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Turkish Airlines lifted Airbus's gross orders above 500 by the end of April, as the carrier booked 82 A320-family jets.

The airline unveiled plans, in March, to order up to 117 single-aisle Airbus twinjets including the A320neo.

Airbus's latest backlog figures covering the first four months of 2013 shows that the airframer logged the firm part of this order - 57 A321neo and A320neo jets plus 25 A321s - on 19 April.

Turkish has placed options on another 35 A321neos.

Its agreement was one of only two orders booked during April, the other for a single private A319. But it took Airbus gross orders to 514 with a net figure of 493.

Airbus delivered 202 aircraft over the first four months of 2013, compared with 183 for the same period last year.

While these included 159 A320-family jets and 39 A330s, the airframer did not deliver any A380s during April.