Paris - Philippine carrier Zest Airways has booked an order for one brand new plane with option for another one from Toulouse based aircraft manufacturer Airbus S.A.S. in an announcement made earlier this week.
Airbus said Friday that it is on track to reach a tough delivery target set for this year, despite a decline in new orders last month to just two planes from Asiawide and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), down from eight orders in April and 16 in March.
"We are facing a challenging market environment," Stefan Schaffrath, spokesman for European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. (EADS)
"The focus this year is not on gaining new orders, but getting new aircraft delivered to our customers," Schaffrath said.
Airbus has targeted 480 aircraft deliveries for 2009, a level that would equal the record-high total made last year. But analysts have questioned whether the company can meet that goal. On Friday, Airbus said it delivered 205 aircraft to customers in the first five months of this year, 43 of which were in May.
"We are on track to reach the 480-plane target for this year," the spokesman said, adding that the company had an order backlog of 3,521 aircraft at the end of last month, representing six years of production.Airbus is an EADS Company.