Airbus flying high with bumper orders

November 10, 2011

Combined total orders on the books of Airbus for its commercial jetliners now stand at 11,291, new figures show.

The figures are good news for the European planemaker’s giant Filton plant where its wings – and range-enhancing ‘sharklet’ wingtips – are designed and partially made in association with GKN.

Deliveries in October were led by the 36 of its A320 single-aisle airliners to customers worldwide and also included five A330s and three A380 superjumbos. 

Middle East airline Emirates received two of the month’s A380s – some 238 are now on order – while the third was the first superjumbo delivered to China Southern Airlines.

Airbus’ assembly backlog reached a record 4,365 aircraft in October – mostly accounted for by bookings for the best-selling A320 family which reached 8,113.

Some 1,058 of these are for the fast-selling A320neo (new engine option) variant, launched in late 2010, which boasts the Filton-designed, fuel-saving sharklets.

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