Airbus has delivered 122 aircraft over the first quarter of 2010 and taken orders for a total of 60.

Its backlog figures, slow during the first two months, were lifted in March as the airframer secured orders for 49 jets - all long-haul types.

These comprised 25 A350-900s for United Airlines and a total of 24 A330s for Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines.

Airbus has not recorded any cancellations so far this year.

It delivered 55 aircraft in March, including 44 A320-family jets and 11 long-haul airframes - all A330s with the exception of a single A340-600 to Iberia.

Over the first quarter Airbus delivered a total of 100 single-aisle aircraft, 19 A330s and A340s, and three A380s.

Boeing had gained net orders for 83 aircraft by 30 March, inclusive of 40 737s for Virgin Blue and United Airlines' corresponding agreement for 25 787s.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news