Airbus announces record half-year orders

13:32, July 08, 2011      

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European giant aero group Airbus announced Thursday a record of 640 net orders for the first half this year following contracts garnered last month at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.

"The volume brought 2011 year-to-date net orders to 640, and boosted Airbus' backlog to 3,934 aircraft -- marking a record level, and representing nearly eight years of production at current output rates," Airbus said in a statement.

Airbus's first half-year record stemmed mainly from an influx of orders for the eco-efficient A320neo as the aircraft will help airlines to save 15 percent in fuel costs.

Malaysia-based airline AirAsia has placed a firm order for 200 eco-efficient A320neo.

IndiGo, India's largest low-cost carrier, confirmed its historic order of 150 A320neo. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerned was signed earlier in January.

Indian airline Go Air demanded 72 A320neo planes while GE Capital Aviation Services ordered 60 jetliners. Other 56 commitments were reported from other Asian, South American and European airlines, according to the statement.

European aircraft maker Airbus won a record of about 72.2 billion U.S. dollars worth of business for a total of 730 aircraft at the Paris Air Show held in June in Le Bourget.

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