Airliner net orders came in at 77 for the month of March as 81 new orders were offset by four cancellations.
Lufthansa placed orders for 30 110-seat Bombardier CS100s while Lease Corporation International ordered 17 130-seat CS300s and four CS100s. Aircraft Purchase Fleet ordered six A330s while Royal Air Maroc ordered four ATR42s and two ATR42s. Emirates signed a sale and lease back agreement to transfer 10 747s and eight 777s to DAE Capital.
Bombardier’s officially entered the mainline aircraft market in March with a total of 50 orders for the CSeries, with 33 CS100s and the 17 CS300s. Airbus received a total of 17 orders while Boeing followed with seven. In the regional sector, ATR netted six turboprop orders, its first of 2009.
Narrowbody net orders totalled 66 for the month led by the 50 CSeries orders plus 10 A320s and six 737s. There were only eight orders for widebody aircraft with seven A330s and one 777. Regional orders came in at seven with four ATR42s, two ATR72s and one CRJ.
Overall, the order backlog for airliners ended March at 8,317, down 46 on the previous month.
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