Airbus is aiming to have secured orders for at least 500 aircraft by the end of the Farnborough air show.
Chief executive Tom Enders, speaking to investors during the show, said that chief commercial officer Eric Schulz had “already sold” over 400 aircraft at the event.
He adds that there would “most probably be a ‘five’” ahead of the figure by the end of the show, indicating a total of more than 500 jets.
Enders also suggested that the event would be “very good” for Airbus, compared with previous recent Farnborough shows in 2016 and 2014.
Airbus has revealed several orders and commitments during the last few days – both in the long-haul and single-aisle sectors – although several have been attributed to unidentified customers.
The airframer had accumulated gross orders for 177 single-aisle and 84 long-haul aircraft over the first six months of this year.
Schulz admits that agreements for 40 single-aisle and 12 widebody aircraft unveiled at the show were already part of this first-half total, but he says that, up to the morning of 18 July, Airbus has announced additional deals for 339 single-aisle and 31 long-haul aircraft.
These potentially take gross orders to 631 and Schulz says he is confident of reaching more than 750 by the end of the show.