Airbus 9-month orders rise to more than 1,000 aircraft, beating target
PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus orders rose to more than 1,000 aircraft in the first nine months of the year, beating its target for 2013, after the planemaker booked a raft of orders which had been pending from European airlines.
However, its order book was dented by the cancellation of three A-380 superjumbos earmarked for Germany's Lufthansa, which this month ordered a batch of smaller long-distance aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing.
Lufthansa's order for the world's largest passenger jet now stands at 14, of which 10 have been delivered.
A spokesman for the airline said the orders had been "firm options," meaning they needed to be reconfirmed to be valid.