Soaraway sales put Airbus on cloud nine


Owen Evans

STAFF at Airbus in Broughton look set for a busy period after a landmark order for more than 100 new planes.

Orders for almost 200 aircraft have been announced by the wing-making giants, and among them is a request for 115 A320 Family planes from a single firm.

The order, which came from aircraft leasing company SMBC Aviation Capital, marks the industry’s largest ever single firm order by a worldwide leasing company for single-aisle aircraft.

The announcements came at the Farnborough Airshow.

Peter Barrett, chief executive officer of SMBC Aviation Capital, said: “This is a landmark order for SMBC Aviation Capital and indeed for the wider aircraft leasing industry and I’m delighted to be continuing the close and long-standing relationship that our business enjoys with Airbus.”

An order for 43 A320 aircraft from BOC Aviation, a Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of the Bank of China, was also announced at the airshow.

The aircraft will comprise seven A320neo Family aircraft and 36 A320ceo aircraft across A320 and A321 variants.

BOC Aviation’s cumulative orders for new Airbus aircraft have now reached 255.

Fabrice Bregier, Airbus president and chief executive officer, said: “This tells us that not only are our aircraft universally recognised as the industry’s benchmark for efficiency, comfort and reliability but also underlines the financial community’s confidence in the A320 Family as a sound asset.”

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 15 of Airbus’ newly launched A330neo aircraft was also made by Dublin-based aircraft leasing firm Avolon.

An order of 15 A330-900neo aircraft and five A321ceo aircraft was also announced at the show.

Later it was announced that an MOU was signed by AirAsia X for 50 A330-900neo aircraft.

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