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Airbus Books US$16.2 Billion in Commercial Aircraft Orders in April

2016 05 11

Airbus booked firm orders for 85 commercial aircraft in April, valued at approximately US$16.22 billion at list prices.

The tally included the largest commercial aircraft order of the year to date (for either Airbus or Boeing): an order for 20 A350-900 XWBs from China Eastern Airlines, valued at US$6.1 billion at list prices.

Airbus' April order roster also included the year-to-date's second-most-lucrative commercial aircraft booking: Delta Air Lines' April 29 order of 37 A321ceos, with a list price value of US$4.21 billion. Additionally, Airbus reported firm orders from Colombia flag carrier Avianca (three A320neos, valued at US$318 million at list prices) and Ivory Coast national carrier Air Côte D'Ivoire (two A320ceos and two A320neos, valued at US$406.4 million at list prices, combined). Three orders were placed by separate undisclosed customers, including an order for 13 A330-300s valued at US$3.29 billion; an order for seven A330-200s valued at US$1.6 billion; and an order for a single A350-900 XWB valued at US$304.8 million.

Year-to-date, Airbus' gross commercial aircraft order total stands at 112 aircraft, valued at US$22.2 billion at list prices. Boeing's gross commercial aircraft order total year-to-date stands at 150 aircraft, with a list price value of US$20.24 billion.

Airbus delivered 52 commercial aircraft to 28 airlines and four lessors in April. Singapore-based lessor BOC Aviation took the most Airbus deliveries for the month with four A320ceos -- one each bound for Beijing Capital Airlines and Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Vanilla Air and two for Hong Kong Airlines -- plus one A321ceo bound for Taiwan's EVA Air.

Airbus' April deliveries included three aircraft each to China Southern Airlines (two A320ceos and an A330-300), Delta Air Lines (two A321ceos and an A330-300), Turkish Airlines (an A321ceo, an A330-300 and an A330-200 freighter) and Barcelona-based LCC Vueling (all A320ceos).

Two aircraft each were delivered to China Eastern Airlines (an A320ceo and an A321ceo), UK-based LCC easyJet (both A320ceos), Dubai-based Emirates Airline (two A380s), New York-based LCC JetBlue Airways (both A321ceos, including the very first A321 built in the US at Airbus' Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility), Santiago, Chile-based LATAM Airlines Group (both A321ceos), Florida-based LCC Spirit Airlines (both A321ceos) and Shanghai-based LCC Spring Airlines (both A320ceos).

Finnair and Singapore Airlines each received an A350-900 XWB during the month. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways took delivery of an A380 on April 12.

Year-to-date, Airbus has delivered 177 commercial aircraft. Boeing has delivered 224 commercial aircraft as of April 30.