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Airbus escalates deliveries in chase for year-end target

Airbus delivered 89 aircraft in November, the highest number shifted in a single month so far this year.

The deliveries included 73 from its single-aisle families, among them a pair of A220s, and 16 long-haul aircraft.

Airbus handed over 11 A350s including three -1000 variants – two to Cathay Pacific and one to Qatar Airways.

These took the overall number of A350s delivered this year to 81, of which 69 were -900s and 12 were -1000s.

Airbus delivered its first A330-900, to TAP Portugal, plus two other A330s – an A330-300 to Beijing Capital Airlines and a military tanker.

Two A380s, both delivered to Emirates, rounded off the November production activity.

The month’s total of 89 aircraft exceeds the levels of 81, 80 and 77 respectively achieved in October, June and July.

But Airbus has been aiming to deliver 800 aircraft this year, and the 673 handed over in the first 11 months leaves the airframer having to deliver 127 aircraft in December to meet its target.

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