Afriqiyah A330s tip Airbus gross orders over 300 mark

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Libya's Afriqiyah Airways has firmed an order for three Airbus A330s, while three A321s for the carrier have been removed from the airframer's books.

Airbus's latest order figures, covering the first seven months of this year, revealed the deal which was signed on 13 July.

Orders for 48 additional aircraft during the month, including several from the Farnborough air show, helped push its gross total for 2012 to 301, with a net figure of 270.

Lessor CIT's order for 10 A330s, including the higher-weight variant unveiled at the show, has been recorded as being for the -300 variant.

Year-to-date deliveries reached 326 aircraft including 13 A380s, three of which were handed over in July.