Another A330-200F was switched to an A330-300 according to Airbus' July 2013 orders and deliveries report. Aircraft lessor Intrepid Aviation made the switch and now has four A330-200Fs left on order.
The total A330-200F backlog is now down to 21. A closer look at the customers reveals that OH-Avion and Intrepid Aviation, with a combined backlog of 12 A330-200Fs, are unlikely to take delivery of any given Intrepid's inclination to switch to passenger units and the age of OH-Avion's order, which was placed in 2007. This leaves a theoretical backlog of just nine aircraft.
The lack of orders, however, is likely more of a reflection on weaknesses in the freight market itself rather the aircraft's attributes. It should also be noted that the A330-200F is simply a variant produced on the popular A330 line. A lack of A330-200F orders is expected to have minimal impact on the A330 program overall, unlike the A380 program which has nothing to fall back on should additional orders not materialize.
Airbus' report also reveals that US Airways continues to concentrate on the A321 by switching its last A319 order, along with 5 A320 orders, to the A321. This leaves US Airways with five A320s and 31 A321s left on order. As far as Airbus narrowbodies are concerned, US Airways has taken delivery of 35 A321s in a row since September 2011. Its last A320 was delivered in March 2010 and its last A319 in February 2006.
Other changes in Airbus' report worth noting:
- Aviation Capital Group switched four A320s to three A319s and one A321.
- CIT cancelled two A320s.
- GB Airways cancelled its last A320 and A321. GB Airways was acquired by easyJet in 2008.
- GECAS switched four A320s to four A321s.
- Tiger Airways switched eight A320s to its subsidiary Tiger Airways Australia.
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