Reuters last month reported Airbus was set to resume stalled deliveries of jets to HNA Group. November also saw the first delivery of the upgraded A330neo long-range model to TAP Portugal.

Iberia remains a very strong Airbus customer. Photo credit: AeroNewsX/Dillon Shah

Further A330neo deliveries have been slowed by snags at engine maker Rolls-Royce and Airbus's incoming chief executive said last month those delays should be re-absorbed by end-2019.

Emirates took two A380 deliveries in November.

On the order front, Airbus sold 40 planes commercially plus three internally for conversion to air tankers.

Its January-November tally of 439 gross orders - or 380 after cancellations - leaves it well behind rival Boeing Co's totals of 821 gross and 642 net orders up to the end of October, the latest period for which figures are available.

Earlier on December 7, leasing firm Avolon firmed up an order for 100 A320-family aircraft that will appear in the year-end order count, due to be released in mid-January.

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