Airbus sold just seven aircraft in May, but the airframer typically holds order disclosures in reserve in the weeks before the Paris air show.

It listed five A330-200 sales to Korean Air and a pair of A320s to Japanese carrier Star Flyer.

There were no further cancellations, which left Airbus's net order total for the first five months of 2011 at 97 airframes, from a gross figure of 176.

Airbus delivered 217 aircraft to 31 May including eight A380s, 39 A330s and 170 A320-family twinjets.

The total puts it ahead of 2010 when Airbus achieved 206 deliveries by the same point in the year.

Boeing's gross orders to the end of May reached 182 aircraft, with a net total of 133. The US airframer also lists 180 deliveries for the period.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news