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Conventional A320-family backlog drops below 200

Airbus delivered over twice as many A320neo-family jets than baseline variants during November, as the remaining backlog of conventional A320-family aircraft fell below 200.

It handed over 50 re-engined aircraft, comprising 34 A320neos and 16 A321neos, compared with a total of 21 A321s, A320s and A319s.

Although the engine installations were largely evenly balanced, CFM International Leap-1A powerplants were fitted to most of the A320neos, 24 in total, while the rival Pratt & Whitney PW1100G was fitted on all but three of the A321neos.

The airframer has been working to catch up on a single-aisle delivery backlog following engine supply issues which particularly affected output earlier in the year.

Airbus delivered 320 re-engined aircraft over the first 11 months of this year – including 235 A320neos and 85 A321neos – against 213 from the baseline A320 family.

Its 545 single-aisle deliveries to 30 November also included 12 A220s, all but one the -300 variant, following Airbus's acquisition of the A220 programme in July.

Airbus has handed over a total of 569 A320neo-family aircraft, out of total orders for 6,285. The airframer's backlog includes 94 baseline A321s, 85 A320s and 14 A319s.

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