Airbus' 2018 success story continues with strong showing at Farnborough Airshow

Airbus' 2018 success story continues with strong showing at Farnborough Airshow
Published: 22 July 2018 - 11:23 a.m.
By: Alexander Pieri

Building upon an already lucrative 2018 year, Airbus revealed that over the course of the recent Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) it had secured deals for 431 aircraft.

Comprising of 93 firm orders and 338 MoUs, the commitments included 60 A220-300s, 304 A320 Family aircraft, 42 A330neos, as well as 25 A350 XWBs. The company also revealed that 42 commitments for the A330neo included demand for both the -800 and -900 models.

The recent successes at FIA added to an already impressive order list for the aircraft manufacturer, who came into the show with 177 single-aisle and 84 widebody orders already in hand for the year. Additionally, Airbus secured a pre-show order for 60 A220-300s.

Standing out from the numerous high-profile deals signed at the show by Airbus, STARLUX Airlines of Taiwan selected the A350 XWB to serve in its future long-haul fleet, the carrier inking a MoU for 17 aircraft comprising of 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s.

Similarly, AirAsia X upped their commitment to Airbus with a fresh order for an additional 34 A330neo widebody aircraft.

Eric Schulz, Airbus’ chief commercial officer shared: “Our year to date and our end of show commitments confirm the strong market appetite for all our leading aircraft product families, from our newest member, the 100-150 seater A220, complemented by our A320 Family up to 240 seats, seamlessly connected to our widebody family with the all-new A330neo and A350 XWB which span from 250-370 seats. At the top end, our A380 is now opening new opportunities for the second-hand market”.

“I am especially pleased about the strong response that our Widebody Family is enjoying. Over 150 orders and commitments for our A330/A350/A380 offerings in 2018 are a strong endorsement. At Airbus, we are positive about our future – in Single Aisles, Widebodies and the Middle of the Market. We are right there with the right aircraft,” he added.

With the conclusion of the Farnborough Airshow, the aircraft manufacturer has successfully increased its grand total for the year to 752 aircraft, which comprises of 354 firm orders and 398 MoUs. Breaking down the 752 commitments further, Airbus has been tapped to produce and deliver a total of 120 A220s, 481 A320 Family, 56 A330 Family, 75 A350 Family, and 20 A380s.

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