Airbus tallied 431 gross orders in just the first quarter of 2013 and said Thursday it has boosted A330 production to the rate of 10 aircraft per month.
The first-quarter order haul was buttressed by 250 orders booked in March, which included Indonesian carrier Lion Air ordering 234 A320 family aircraft (109 A320neos, 65 A321neos and 60 A320ceos) and Hawaiian Airlines’ order for 16 A321neos. Net orders for the quarter stood at 410 owing to 21 A320 family cancellations, according to Airbus. In 2012, the manufacturer secured 950 gross orders.
Airbus said the lifting of A330 production to 10 per month makes the aircraft the highest-rate produced widebody in company history. Airbus noted that it has sold 800 A330s since the Boeing 787 was launched, “validating the A330’s sustained competitiveness.”
Airbus in March delivered 64 aircraft—comprising 49 A320 family aircraft, 13 A330s and two A380s—compared to 47 in the year-ago month. In the first quarter, Airbus delivered 144 aircraft—comprising 114 A320 family aircraft, 26 A330s and four A380s—compared to 131 in the year-ago quarter.