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Airbus Sells 785 This Year so Far

October 10, 2008

By David Jones

AIRBUS sold 31 airliners in September – taking the running total for the first nine months of the year to 785.

Stripping out cancellations as some airlines rethink their fleet needs in the light of a dip in the global demand for air travel, the company reported a net total of 737 aircraft orders for the period.

But the tally does not include a 55-plane deal worth around pounds 5.5bn from Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad which was announced in the summer.

Industry executives say Airbus – which builds the wings for all its jets at Broughton in north east Wales – and the Gulf emirate are still negotiating an industrial offset deal.

The 55-jet deal – which will include 10 Airbus’ A380 superjumbos – was unveiled at July’s Farnborough Air Show in July The order also included 25 extra widebodied A350 XWBs – Airbus’s newest model – and 20 A320 jets. Wings for all the aircraft will be made at Broughton.

The airline has also taken an option on a further 55 Airbus aircraft of the same three types.

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