Strong demand for new Airbus commercial aircraft at Le Bourget
For 363 airplanes between firm orders and commitments
During the "2019 Paris Air Show" (June 17-23), Airbus achieved new business for 363 commercial aircraft, comprising 149 firm orders and 214 commitments. In addition to these totals, airlines and lessors also converted 352 existing aircraft orders – mostly from the A-320 single-aisle aircraft up to the larger A-321neo and also to the new A-321XLR. This clearly reflects Airbus successful strategy in offering customers longer-range aircraft in this segment. Moreover, Le Bourget saw successes for the A220 which won new business for 85 aircraft, and for the widebody A-330neo for which Airbus received orders and commitments for 24 new aircraft.
The star of the show was clearly the new A-321XLR –the next evolutionary step from the A-321LR. The XLR is world’s most longest-range single-aisle aircraft, which will enable operators in this segment to access markets requiring even more range and payload. Overall, this newest model won orders for 48 aircraft, commitments for a further 79 planes and 99 conversions from A-321 to XLR. These came from a wide range of launch customers from around the world.
In the widebody segment, the new A-330neo has built on its positive market reception with additional business from Cebu Pacific and Virgin Atlantic. Particularly pleasing was the sales momentum at "Le Bourget" for the A220.
Meanwhile, Airbus Services demonstrated how it is enhancing its traditional services in maintenance, training, flight operations and upgrades, leveraging its Skywise platform and new technologies.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency