The next issue is August 2012.
The aircraft order intake in July may well have been the largest for a single month so far this year, but
at 323 aircraft it was somewhat lower than expected. The industry had been watching to see what happened at the Farnborough
air show and while there were announcements of commitments, there were relatively few firm orders.
Even so, these
new orders took the large commercial jet backlog to a new all-time high of 9,049 aircraft, or just 14 more than at the end
of February which was when the last record was set. There was a slight increase in the widebody backlog by the end of the
month, but that was the first increase this year and the total number of widebodies on backlog order is now just over 100
aircraft lower than at the start of the year. It is a completely different picture for single-aisles though and with 6,655
single-aisles on firm order, this is also a new all-time record.
This issue also has the latest engine order book
figures. Last month a number of customers with previously ordered aircraft signed firm engine orders and more engines were
ordered in July than in June last year which was when all those A320neo orders were announced. July was a record month for
the engine manufacturers and there are now over 17,200 large civil jet engines on firm backlog order. This is over 1,500 more
than at the start of this year. The various tables and charts in the August issue show the size of every engine program's
current order book. What is really interesting in this context is that the number of engines on firm order for single aisles
has increased by over 1,700 this year and the total now stands at just over 12,500 engines. Of course, a large proportion
of these are the GTF or LEAP engines and we have the exact numbers for these programs in this issue.
We also have
all the latest production rate, order book and delivery figures for large commercial jets as well as First Half/Second
Quarter General Aviation figures which show some slight improvement on the position a year ago.
will be available towards the end of the month.