Airbus has made a strong start to 2020 in terms of order activity, recording gross bookings for nearly 300 aircraft in the first month of the year.

The airframer logged 103 orders from US lessor Air Lease – including 52 A321neos and 50 A220s, plus a single A350-900.

It also recorded 100 A320neo-family aircraft from budget carrier Spirit Airlines, an agreement which has given the slow-selling A319neo a particular lift. Spirit’s agreement includes 47 of the smallest variant of the re-engined family.

Both orders were originally disclosed last year but have only newly been firmed.

Air France has confirmed its agreement for another 10 A350-900s. Air Senegal’s order for eight A220s has been included in the January activity as well as deals for 75 A320-family aircraft from lessors CALC, BOC Aviation and Philippine operator Cebu Pacific.

Airbus’s net orders for the month reached 274, the airframer’s latest backlog data shows.

It also delivered 31 aircraft in January, comprising two A350s, an A330 and 28 single-aisle aircraft including two A220s.

Air Lease A321XLR

Source: Airbus

Air Lease signed for 103 aircraft including the A321XLR