Airbus Sells A Staggering 415 Aircraft In October

Airbus has won the month of October, reporting a huge amount of new aircraft added to their order book, totaling 415 for the start of autumn! This brings Airbus up to a total of 718 for the year.

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Airbus has been very successful this month with its fleet orders. Photo: Airbus

What are the details?

Airbus and Boeing have been long-held rivals, with each aerospace builder competing to get the most orders from airlines and other entities per month.

But, according to Reuters, it seems that Airbus has pulled ahead with a staggering 415 aircraft orders in the month of October alone! So far the aircraft builder has made 718 orders this year, but removing canceled aircraft from previous orders leaves them at a positive 542 orders.


Boeing, on the other hand, is currently sitting on a year total of 170 up to the end of September. If we were to include cancellations, is actually a positive total of just 54 aircraft.


What orders did Airbus get?

Make no mistake, whilst credit is due for Airbus’ hard work this month, their huge lead actually comes from their biggest order ever by a single airline.

IndiGo, the Indian low-cost carrier, placed a huge order for 300 more A320neo variants. Specifically, the order is for a mix for A320neos, A321neos and A321XLRs. This places the total amount of aircraft on order from Airbus to the carrier at a huge 730. As a matter of perspective, if the waiting time is around seven years for airbus aircraft, Indigo can expect 100 aircraft to be delivered each year from Airbus in the near future.


The carrier already operates 200 Airbus A320ceo aircraft.

Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer of IndiGo commented in a press release,
“This order is an important milestone, as it reiterates our mission of strengthening air connectivity in India, which will in turn boost economic growth and mobility. India is expected to continue with its strong aviation growth and we are well on our way to build the world’s best air transportation system, to serve more customers and deliver on our promise of providing low fares and a courteous, hassle free experience to them.”
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The Airbus A320neo family delivers up to 20% fuel reduction and 50% less noise pollution. Photo: Airbus

What other orders did Airbus get?

Airbus also received a few other orders in October from some other well-known airlines. Malaysia’s low-cost carrier Air Asia X (the international sub-airline) ordered 30 Airbus A321XLRs.

Wizz Air ordered 20 XLRs, in addition to the others already on order from the Paris Air Show.

JetSMART ordered 12 Airbus A321XLRs as well. Lastly, two unknown customers (yet to be revealed) locked in an order for 15 A321XLRS.

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The XLR is a popular aircraft this year. Photo: Airbus

China Airlines ordered 11 A321neos (not an XLR, but never say never), and Tigerair Taiwan has begun its expansion with seven A320neos.

Love was thrown to the A220, with five ordered between Air Austral (three ordered) and Air Tanzania (two ordered).

What about the Airbus backlog?

According to Airwise, the current Airbus order book looks like this:

The backlog of ordered aircraft still to be delivered stood at 7,471 at the end of October, including 6,107 from the A320-family, 436 A220s, 593 A350s, 284 A330s and 51 A380s. Airbus delivered 77 commercial aircraft in October, taking its 2019 total to 648.

Surprisingly, this month there didn’t seem to be any widebody orders, showing just how popular the narrowbody type is.

What do you think of these orders? Let us know in the comments.


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Tim Kyle

Nicholas, I would think some of this is due the 737 MAX debacle as well. I can see orders that would have gone to Boeing swing to Airbus. I can only imagine the discussion in the Boeing share holder meetings. Man, someone messed up big time. I believe I read some airlines are talking about not forcing passengers to fly on the MAX’s at all. Imagine the logistics of that one.

Paul Proctor

Would argue Boeing has MAX orders pending, just no airline wants to announce them until plane is flying again.

Paul Proctor

Like people are avoiding the 787 due to the past battery issue— not!


thing is no one died from the battery issue on the 787 sadly people died from the max problem


That’s true – but if the fire had occurred a few hours earlier while the aircraft was still in the air it would have been a very different story.


If you don’t think electrical fires in the middle of a flight is a serious problem I would hate to know what you consider to be one… oh wait we already know, everyone being dead.


Not entirely true. Most orders came from All-Airbus or Airbus-Majority operators. So Boeing wouldn’t even came in their thought.

Paul Proctor

I believe it’s not smart business for Airbus to tie up all that future production in one carrier in a very volatile market, one with inadequate infrastructure to boot. I mean 600+ orders from a carrier now operating 240 narrow bodies or so. Must be rolling deposits as I can’t believe IndiGo, although certainly well-backed, forked over more than 3-billion $$ in deposits for all these orders Although these kind of orders make the European taxpayer feel good, feels like smoke and mirrors.

David C

Future production can be reallocated. IndiGo is tying up assembly line positions at the very least. I guess that also means the third final assembly line in Mobile is going to happen and for the A320 airframe.. Good for Mobile!


Paul, as a Boeing cronie, I guess you’re an absolute expert on smoke and mirrors 😉
Did you advise the Iowa Farmboy before his recent cabaret in Congress? He certainly used a lot of smoke and mirrors there 🙂

I don’t hear you worrying about the 428 MAXs that LionAir has on order…


go AIRBUS keep it up


Fly Airbus Jets!


Airbus will probably be selling even more planes in November and December, when airlines with MAX orders finally realize that the MAX is delayed yet again, and again, and again…


Max flying again? Are you out of your mind. I am an American but get your pride glasses on and read what a engineering disaster that is. The Boeing 737 Max needs to go to salvage yard. It is a suicide machine and a engineering marvel like Ford Pinto, Chevrolet Corvair, or Ford explorer!


I am delighted that the world’s airlines are responding to what appears to be a better product ( by all accounts) From an Australian perspective, our national carrier, Qantas, has clearly thrown the challenge to both major producers and only Boeing to date has fudged with continual delays with its B777X ( airframe and engine) it is hoped that commercially sensible discussions will ensue between the CEO of Qantas and Airbus on how best to meet the needs of travellers fromAustralia to far flung destinations, such as Melbourne to NY, Chicago and or London, Paris and other major European hubs.… Read more »

Gerard McNulty

The whole boeing storey seems to be quite clear now. To compete with the more efficient Airbus design they installed a heavier but more efficient engine that changed the aerodynamics of the Max 80 . To pass it as only a minor change and get approval they ignored there technical staff and test pilots and fired anyone the complained about safety. This secret was to sell it as if the only change was the more efficient engines. Even the pilots were kept in the dark. Profit and share prices came first safety was only a statistic and and easily outtalked… Read more »