Airbus cancellations hit a record, but no surprises...yet

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Airbus' June 2014 orders and deliveries report reveals that a total of 225 aircraft have been cancelled in 2014 so far, already breaking a record for the most cancellations in a year for Airbus.
 
During June, United Air Lines cancelled its remaining 18 A320 family aircraft on order. This was expected as United hasn't taken delivery of an Airbus aircraft since late 2002 and began cancelling aircraft last year. Airblue also cancelled its remaining 13 A320s on order in June. Airblue ordered a total of 14 A320s in 2006 and 2007, but only took delivery of one in 2010. Its order had been looking doubtful since then. Qantas axed an order for 21 A320s, but offset it with a new order for another 21 A320s. It's believed that A320ceo orders were switched for A320neo orders for delivery at a later date, but this has not yet been confirmed. Emirates' well-publicized cancellation for 70 A350s was also recorded in June. An order for 150 777Xs was placed instead.
 
While the number of cancellations is high this year, one could expect this given Airbus' massive backlog of 5,546 aircraft at the end of June. The more orders there are, the more cancellations you can expect. Given all the talk about an order bubble, however, any sign of a potential bubble burst will undergo close scrutiny.

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on Jul 10, 2014

Your headline is contradictory; if it is a record, then it ought to be a surprise. Unless you wanted something else not revealed in the article.

on Jul 10, 2014

both of these aircraft makers will be facing cancellation if they don't cut down their backlog many airline are still waiting to get planes order 4 years ago.and that the bad part of this whole business.aircraft are still taking orders at recorded numbers.by year end many more cancellation will be coming for both plane makers at around close to 300 by year end.

on Jul 11, 2014

How can the cancellation of 70 A350's not be a surprise? Then follow that with a 150 plane order of the 777X which is still in the design phase!? I agree with the first post, the headline is contradictory.

on Jul 11, 2014

I agree with you. That has got to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.

on Jul 15, 2014

Why does a record have to be a surprise? Indeed, as all of the cancellations mentioned in the article are old news (hence no 'surprise'), is this just yet another head in the sand, anti-European aerospace, blast from Aviation Week?

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