October 10, 2008

Airbus Sells 785 This Year so Far

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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