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FARNBOROUGH: Airbus yet to count A220s as firm

Airbus secured firm orders for 93 aircraft during the Farnborough air show, taking its overall gross order total for the year so far to 354.

This indicates that the airframer has yet to firm any commitments to the new A220, following its acquisition of the Bombardier CSeries programme.

Airbus had secured gross orders for 177 single-aisle and 84 long-haul aircraft over the first half, a total of 261.

While orders for 52 aircraft mentioned at Farnborough had already been included in this first-half total, Airbus disclosed firm orders for another 93 during the show – comprising 51 A320-family, 34 A330 and eight A350 jets – taking its declared firm orders this year to 354.

This total notably omits the 60 A220s for JetBlue Airways unveiled in early July, just as Airbus took over and rebranded the CSeries programme.

The airframer had supplemented these 60 pre-show A220s for JetBlue with another 60, during Farnborough, for an unnamed US start-up carrier.

But chief commercial officer Eric Schulz, during a wrap-up briefing at the show, appeared to confirm that none of the A220s was yet in the backlog, by listing all 120 aircraft as commitments rather than firm orders.

The airframer says that, along with 93 firm orders, it took commitments for 338 aircraft at the show, in the form of memoranda of understanding.

Along with the 60 A220s for the start-up these 338 commitments included 253 A320-family jets, eight A330s and 17 A350s.

If all of the commitments are converted to firm orders, they will take Airbus’s gross order total to 752 aircraft.

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