Airbus nine-month orders top 1,000 aircraft

Reuters

PARIS, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Airbus orders rose to morethan 1,000 aircraft in the first nine months of the year,beating its target for 2013, after the planemaker booked a raftof orders which had been pending from European airlines.

However, its order book was dented by the cancellation ofthree A380 superjumbos earmarked for Germany's Lufthansa, which this month ordered a batch of smallerlong-distance aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing.

Airbus said it had reached a total of 1,112 plane ordersbetween January and September, or a net total of 1,062 ordersafter adjusting for cancellations.

It delivered 445 aircraft in the first nine months.