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The recent announcements by Airbus to firm up previously announced orders with Lufthansa, Cebu Pacific, and (today) Garuda Indonesia, have put the aircraft maker above the 1,000 firm order mark for the year. Garuda is buying 25 A320s -- 15 regular A320s and 15 NEOs, with deliveries starting in 2014 and 2017 respectively.It is the first time since 2007 that Airbus is again above the 1,000 order intake level.The current EADS guidance is for more than 1,000 aircraft, but the question now becomes, "how much more?" With 137 cancellations, Airbus is likely to secure not just 1,000 gross order additions for 2011, but 1,000 net orders. For the NEO alone, Airbus has more than 150 announced deals that remain to be made firm.The previous record for Airbus -- set in 2007 -- was 1,458 gross orders, with 1,341 net orders for the year. Reaching that level will not be easy, but with announced deals ready to be finalized and the Dubai air show still ahead, it certainly is a distinct possibility.
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