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Airbus net orders pass 1,000 as first A330neos firmed

Airbus recorded three orders covering 120 Airbus A320-family jets during November, when it also booked its first firm agreements for the re-engined A330neo.

The single-aisle orders comprise a total of 45 A320neo jets, plus 57 regular A320s as well as 10 A321s and eight A319s.

While the agreements are attributed to undisclosed customers, China’s state aviation supply firm recently agreed to take 70 A320-family aircraft, while Chinese lessor CALC signed a preliminary deal for 100 including 74 A320neos.

US carrier JetBlue Airways has increased its orders for the A321neo by 15, to a total of 45, through a series of conversions and cancellations of previous orders – although its overall net orders remain unchanged.

Airbus secured orders for 179 single-aisle jets over the month, with deals from Azul, Frontier Airlines and lessor CIT accounting for the balance.

CIT firmed its order for 15 re-engined A330-900s although the lessor appears to have trimmed its backlog for the A350-900 by one, to 14 aircraft.

Delta Air Lines gave Airbus its most significant agreement for the month, signing for 25 A330-900s and 25 A350-900s.

Air Mauritius’s order for four A350s rounded off the airframer’s long-haul activity.

Airbus has accumulated 1,328 gross orders over the first 11 months of the year, with 1,031 net after adjustments and cancellations.

Its delivery level has reached 554 aircraft, eight behind the figure at the same point in 2013.

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