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Airbus braces for another hectic end to the year

Airbus is set for another busy final month as it ended November with deliveries still short of the 600 mark.

The airframer has been aiming to deliver 700-720 aircraft this year.

But the figure of 591 by the end of November, while up on last year's 577, means it would need to hand over another 129 in December to reach the upper end of its target range.

Airbus managed to deliver 111 aircraft during a particularly pressured December last year.

Its deliveries so far this year include 69 A350s and 14 A380s. The airframer delivered 74 aircraft in November.

Airbus has yet to record the huge order for 430 aircraft tentatively sealed by Indigo Partners during the Dubai air show.

The airframer has, however, listed CDB Aviation Lease Finance's agreement for 45 A320neo-family jets – which accounted for the entirety of its November order total.

CDB's deal, also unveiled at the Dubai show, comprises 30 A320neos and 15 A321neos and gives CDB a total backlog of 58 A320neos and 32 A321neos.

The agreement takes Airbus's orders for the first 11 months of the year to 333 aircraft, including 287 single-aisle jets – of which 185 are re-engined variants.

Its net orders also feature 40 A350s – all the -900 version, bar one – plus eight A330s.

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