Airbus has confirmed Lebanese flag-carrier Middle East Airlines as a customer for four A330-900s.

But its overall A330neo backlog has fallen by four aircraft after the airframer trimmed the number assigned to undisclosed customers.

FlightGlobal had previously disclosed that MEA was intending to acquire four A330-900s.

Airbus has listed the aircraft against the carrier in its final 2018 backlog figures, having apparently previously counted them among 14 undisclosed A330neo orders.

But another four of these undisclosed aircraft have been removed, leaving six, and taking the overall number of A330-900s ordered down to 230. Airbus also has orders for eight A330-800s.

Airbus has delivered three A330neos, all to TAP Portugal. The first was handed over on 26 November while the other pair were both delivered on 21 December, including one via lessor Air Lease.

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