In addition to its 50-aircraft order of November 20 and its order for 10 A330-300s from September 2013, Delta also has 45 Airbus A321s on firm order, bringing its total Airbus backlog to 105 aircraft.

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Airbus has designated the aircraft MSN2 and it is painted in a distinctive “Carbon” livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced carbon-fiber composite materials.

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The carrier signed the memorandum of understanding with Airbus on November 18, at the Dubai Airshow 2013. Libyan Wings plans to start offering passenger and freight charter services from the beginning of 2014.

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Etihad Airways’ new Airbus order comprises 40 Airbus A350-900s, 10 A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neos and 10 A320neos. It also has taken options on 30 additional Airbus aircraft from these families.

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The second Airbus A350 XWB to fly, an A350-900 given the designation MSN3 by Airbus, landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport shortly after 2:30 p.m. local time on October 14 after completing a first flight of approximately five hours.

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Japan Airlines has placed a firm order for 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s and has taken options on a further 25 A350 XWBs.

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Lufthansa Group’s planned firm orders include 34 Boeing 777-9Xs and 25 Airbus A350-900s. The group will also take options on another 30 A350-900s, the deal giving it the flexibility to convert part of its Airbus A350 XWB buy to specify the larger A350-1000 if it wishes.

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Airbus A350 XWB ‘MSN001’ is now fully complete after emerging in its Airbus livery from the manufacturer’s paint shop in Toulouse.

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This is the second time CIT has ordered Airbus A350 XWB widebodies and brings the lessor’s total backlog for the type to 15. CIT ordered five A350-800s in 2006.

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Cathay Pacific Airways has agreed to place a new order for 10 Airbus A350-1000s and convert existing orders for 16 Airbus A350-900s to the larger A350-1000. This will bring the total number of A350 XWBs ordered by Cathay Pacific to 48, plus two jets it has agreed to lease.

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ALAFCO signed its A320neo memorandum of understanding and its firm A350-900 order at the 49th Le Bourget Air Show on June 22. The lessor’s A350 order is the first to be announced by Airbus at the 2011 Paris Airshow.

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TAM Airlines, Airbus’ biggest customer in the southern hemisphere and Brazil’s largest airline, has ordered 20 more Airbus A320-family jets and five A350-900s. The deal brings TAM Airlines’ total Airbus orders to 176 aircraft.

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