Airbus Jetliner Orders Top 1,000 for the Year
Coming off an order from South Korea’s largest airline Korean Air, Airbus Group SE announced that it has booked more than 1,000 orders for its family of jetliners in the first 11 months-January to November-of the year 2015. Shares for the Toulouse, France-based group rose as it looks certain that Airbus will win its annual orders race against North American rival Boeing. Though Airbus has booked more orders, Boeing remains the largest jetliner producer as the Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Boeing delivers more aircraft out of its factories.
The Airbus Group’s shares rose 2.8 %, while Boeing’s shares rose 0.4% higher.
After forming a tentative deal at the June 2015 Paris Air Show, Korean Air formally signed for 30 Airbus A321neo jetliners.
The A321 is the largest member of the A320 family of jetliners. The “neo” designates that these aircraft come with a new engine option. Though backed by a pair of latest-generation engines-either the CFM International’s LEAP-1A or the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM-the A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo share 95% spares commonality with current engine option A320 aircraft. In two-class configuration, the A321 accommodates 185 passengers-16 passengers in business class and 169 passengers in economy class. In high-density configuration for low-cost and charter operators, the A321 seats up to 220 passengers.
In the month of November, Airbus sold 169 aircraft to bring its gross total for the year to 1,079 aircraft. However, after cancellations and model conversions, Airbus’ net figures became 1,007 aircraft. From January to November 2015, Airbus delivered 556 aircraft-including 10 A350 long-range, twin-engine, wide-body jetliners and 24 A380 double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jetliners.
In the same 11-month time period, Boeing nabbed 655 gross orders. After cancellations from customers, the net total became 568 aircraft. Compared to Airbus’ 556 deliveries, Boeing came out ahead with 709 planes delivered to customers.
As of today, Airbus has received more than 4,300 firm orders for the A320neo aircraft.
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