Airbus alliance with easyJet pays off, orders help aircraft maker inch closer to 2013 target

August 6
8:37 AM 2013

The partnership Airbus has with easyJet paid off as the low-cost carrier based in the UK helped the aircraft manufacturer inch closer to the 2013 target set by its parent company, the European Aeronautics Defence and Space Company (EADS). In a statement, Airbus said easyJet confirmed a deal for 100 orders of its A320neo model as well as 35 orders of its A320ceo single-aisle planes,landing it on the top spot in the company's sheets for the most number of orders in July.

Last week, EADS increased this year's order target by 25% for Airbus passenger jets. Today, Airbus announced that it bagged a total of 932 aircraft orders from January to July. The European aircraft manufacturer said that the figure inched them closer to accomplishing their 2013 goal of amassing more than 1,000 orders for passenger jets. The seven-month figure already beat its 2012 gross tally of only 914 orders for its jetliners. Industry sources told Reuters that it's not impossible for Airbus to reach 1,200 orders with the business it has in the pipeline. Rival company Boeing grabbed leadership of the USD 100 billion jet market in 2012 and Airbus wants the top spot back this year.

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