EUROPE & CIS: Airbus orderbook gets boost from Etihad

Airbus has reported orders for 84 aircraft in November including completion of the largest civil aircraft deal of the year, a 51-plane order from Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways worth over US$10 billion. The tally brought gross 2008 aircraft orders at the EADS subsidiary to 878, Airbus said in a statement. Three orders were cancelled in […]


Airbus has reported orders for 84 aircraft in November including completion of the largest civil aircraft deal of the year, a 51-plane order from Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways worth over US$10 billion.

The tally brought gross 2008 aircraft orders at the EADS subsidiary to 878, Airbus said in a statement. Three orders were cancelled in November, bringing total cancellations for the year to 122 and leaving the net total of aircraft sold at 756, down sharply from last year.

Airbus has said it is targeting 850 plane sales in 2008. Boeing which also won a 45-plane order from Etihad this year, has reported 646 gross orders and 640 net orders for 2008 as of 2 December.

The Etihad order includes 6 A380 superjumbos and 25 A350s, as well as 20 single-aisle A320 aircraft.

Airbus also said it had delivered 46 planes in November, bringing deliveries so far this year to 437.