Airbus round off Paris air show with $14 billion of orders

Airbus signed deals with five customers at the Paris air show this week for a total of 175 aircraft worth US$14 billion. Of these 155 were firm sales valued at US$13.2. These firm orders are said to more than double Airbus’ sales so far this year, which now stand at 299.

Announcements included the consolidation of two major customers’ earlier commitments for the A380 superjumbo, with Air France and ILFC placing firm orders for 10 A380s respectively.

This year’s show also witnessed the largest Airbus order ever placed by a single customer in terms of value, with the sale of 111 Airbus aircraft in total, worth US$8.7 billion.

The first major order placed at this year’s show came with the signature by JetBlue Airways of a firm contract for an additional 30 A320s, bringing the New York start-up carrier’s total firm orders for the type to 63.

Airbus then gained a new customer with Royal Air Maroc’s firm order for four A321s. This was followed by an order from Air France for 10 A380-800s, in confirmation of an earlier commitment.

ILFC, the world’s largest leasing company, and the first North American customer for the A380, doubled its original commitment for the type, firmly ordering five A380-800s and five A380-800F freighter versions.

ILFC also put in firm orders for 21 A330-200s and 80 A320 Family single-aisle aircraft. This deal, valued at US$8.7 billion, is, according to Airbus, the largest order in value terms ever placed for the company’s aircraft by a single customer.

Brazilian airline TAM – Linhas Aéreas also confirmed its intention to acquire 20 A318 aircraft, the latest member of Airbus’ A320 family.