Airbus Racks Up New Plane Orders; Racks Up Cancellations, Too

Orders for single-aisle jets surge, but a big A350 order cancellation is reason for concern.

Jul 7, 2014 at 4:00PM

Airbus (NASDAQOTH:EADSY) recently released its latest monthly sales report, covering sales landed in June, showing that to date, the European planemaker has booked:

  • 449 "gross" orders for A318, A319, A320, and A321 narrowbody jets.
  • 34 orders for larger A330 family aircraft (unchanged from last month).
  • 20 orders for superjumbo A380 jets (unchanged from last month).
  • 12 orders for the A350 widebody (unchanged from last month).

What has changed over the past month is that Airbus has picked up a boatload of new orders for its smaller airplanes, with orders for assorted A318, A319, A320, and A321 narrowbodies surging by 209 planes -- twice as fast as the pace at which Boeing racked up orders last month.

In total, Airbus has now accumulated new orders for 515 planes this year, dramatically narrowing the gap with Boeing. Still, once you subtract out cancellations this year -- 138 narrowbodies, 82 big A350s, and five A330s -- nearly half Airbus' potential gain for the year has evaporated. Net new orders through mid-year total just 290 planes. A big cancellation of A350s last month has left the company with a net loss of A350 plane orders for this year. That tally now stands at negative 70.

The upshot: As successful a month as June was for single-aisle sales, it doesn't change the fact that Airbus is now suffering order cancellations at more than four times the rate Boeing incurs them. In a world where some are starting to worry that plane sales might not be as robust going forward, as many investors had assumed they would be, that's reason for Airbus investors to worry.

Airubs said that during the first six months of 2014, it delivered 303 jetliners to 70 customers, compared with 295 in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Boeing released its latest weekly report of airplane orders received and canceled through the end of June last week. "Gross" orders taken in since the beginning of the year reached 553. After subtracting 54 plane orders canceled, this left the Seattle planebuilder with 499 net new orders, meaning the company has received orders for approximately 100 new planes over the past month.

Leaked: Apple's next smart device (warning, it may shock you)
Apple recently recruited a secret-development "dream team" to guarantee its newest smart device was kept hidden from the public for as long as possible. And there's one small company making Apple's gadget possible. And its stock price has nearly unlimited room to run for early in-the-know investors. To be one of them, and see Apple's newest smart gizmo, just click here!

Rich Smith has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Money to your ears - A great FREE investing resource for you

The best way to get your regular dose of market and money insights is our suite of free podcasts ... what we like to think of as “binge-worthy finance.”

Feb 1, 2016 at 5:03PM

Whether we're in the midst of earnings season or riding out the market's lulls, you want to know the best strategies for your money.

And you'll want to go beyond the hype of screaming TV personalities, fear-mongering ads, and "analysis" from people who might have your email address ... but no track record of success.

In short, you want a voice of reason you can count on.

A 2015 Business Insider article titled, "11 websites to bookmark if you want to get rich," rated The Motley Fool as the #1 place online to get smarter about investing.

And one of the easiest, most enjoyable, most valuable ways to get your regular dose of market and money insights is our suite of free podcasts ... what we like to think of as "binge-worthy finance."

Whether you make it part of your daily commute or you save up and listen to a handful of episodes for your 50-mile bike rides or long soaks in a bubble bath (or both!), the podcasts make sense of your money.

And unlike so many who want to make the subjects of personal finance and investing complicated and scary, our podcasts are clear, insightful, and (yes, it's true) fun.

Our free suite of podcasts

Motley Fool Money features a team of our analysts discussing the week's top business and investing stories, interviews, and an inside look at the stocks on our radar. The show is also heard weekly on dozens of radio stations across the country.

The hosts of Motley Fool Answers challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves.

David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, is among the most respected and trusted sources on investing. And he's the host of Rule Breaker Investing, in which he shares his insights into today's most innovative and disruptive companies ... and how to profit from them.

Market Foolery is our daily look at stocks in the news, as well as the top business and investing stories.

And Industry Focus offers a deeper dive into a specific industry and the stories making headlines. Healthcare, technology, energy, consumer goods, and other industries take turns in the spotlight.

They're all informative, entertaining, and eminently listenable. Rule Breaker Investing and Answers are timeless, so it's worth going back to and listening from the very start; the other three are focused more on today's events, so listen to the most recent first.

All are available for free at

If you're looking for a friendly voice ... with great advice on how to make the most of your money ... from a business with a lengthy track record of success ... in clear, compelling language ... I encourage you to give a listen to our free podcasts.

Head to, give them a spin, and you can subscribe there (at iTunes, Stitcher, or our other partners) if you want to receive them regularly.

It's money to your ears.


Compare Brokers