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Single-aisle deals push Airbus into positive net orders

Airbus has broken into positive net orders for the first time this year, ending the first half with a figure of 88 aircraft.

It recorded gross orders for 145 aircraft during the month, with the largest agreement – for 36 A321neo and A320neo jets – allocated to an unidentified customer.

Several agreements unveiled at the Paris air show have been logged in Airbus's books.

These include deals for 44 long-range A321XLRs with American Airlines, Qantas, Aer Lingus, and Iberia.

JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines accounted for 15 A220s between them.

Airbus also recorded 50 A320neos for Saudia, the Faroe Islands' Atlantic Airways, and Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways.

But the airline has not formally booked any of the long-haul agreements disclosed during the show, including the eight A330-900s being taken by Virgin Atlantic.

Airbus's net orders had unusually been negative since the beginning of the year, the combination of weak order activity and heavy cancellations – in part from the decision to terminate the A380 programme.

But it has closed the first six months of the year with 213 gross orders, offsetting the 125 cancellations to leave it with positive net orders for 88 aircraft.

Airbus has also managed to deliver 389 aircraft over the half-year, although this is only 44% of the full-year target of 880-890, meaning deliveries remain backloaded over the second half.

Its deliveries comprised 21 A220s, 294 A320- and A320neo-family jets, plus 53 A350s, 17 A330s and four A380s.

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