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Air Lease converts to a dozen A321neos

US lessor Air Lease has become the latest customer to convert to the larger Airbus A321neo, having switched an order for a dozen A320neos.

The change has been disclosed in Airbus’s latest backlog data, unveiled during a briefing in Toulouse.

Air Lease had placed the order in May 2012, part of a batch of 36 A320-family jets.

Orders for the A321neo totalled 1,388 aircraft by the end of 2016, accounting for 27% of those placed for the re-engined single-aisle family.

Airbus’s backlog also shows that Avianca has converted three of its A319neos to A320neos, reducing the overall A319neo order total to 55 aircraft.

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