Airbus widebody orders weak in 2014

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Despite winning an impressive 465 firm A320 family orders during the month of July, most of which were at the Farnborough Air Show, Airbus' July orders report shows that it failed to snag any widebody orders during that same time. Although customers committed to 136 A330s and A350s during Farnborough, none of these were firm orders.
 
For the January 1st-July 31st 2014 period, Airbus received a net of -27 widebody orders while Boeing received a net of 273. However, on the narrowbody side, Airbus' 732 net orders easily trumps Boeing's net of 559.
 
Surprisingly, A350 orders for this year are in negative territory. Aircraft Purchase Fleet Ltd. and Emirates cancelled a combined 82 aircraft, but an order for 12 aircraft by Libyan Airlines (2) and Kuwait Airways (10) wasn't enough to make up for the cancellations. The overall orderbook remains strong, however, with 742 aircraft on backlog.
 
Dublin-based lessor Amedeo placed the only A380 order so far this year. Its order for 20 in February easily covers the cancellation of Skymark Airlines' six aircraft in July. Net orders stand at 14 for the year.
 
Faring better is the A330 program, gathering 34 orders and just 5 cancellations. It is expected that all the A330neo commitments announced during Farnborough will be firmed up in the coming months and help bring Airbus' widebody totals into positive territory before the end of the year.

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