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European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is launching the new year with a strong jump in orders. After deducting 22 cancellations in January, orders were received for 274 new commercial aircraft, the Toulouse-based company said. This corresponds to more than a third of the net orders Airbus had collected in 2019 as a whole.
The largest orders in January were from US airline Spirit, which secured an order for 100 mid-range A320neo aircraft, and from ALC, which ordered 102 A220 and A321neo aircraft. The ALC order also includes 27 pieces of the A321XLR long-haul version, which was only released last year.
Airbus also earns points with its long-range A350 aircraft. Air France-KLM ordered ten aircraft, ALC ordered one. However, refusals were received for two A350s.
US competitor Boeing, which continues to fight the flight ban on its 737 Max, has not yet released its order data for January. Last year, Boeing received more cancellations than new orders due to the 737 Max crisis.