Airbus delivered 67 commercial aircraft to 25 airlines and 13 lessors in September, about 2.2 aircraft per day, up 29% from August, and nearly returning the Toulouse-based manufacturer to its prolific 2.7 aircraft-per-day output of June and July.

All  of Airbus’ 36 new commercial aircraft orders for the month were finalizations of bookings originally announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July, including 25 A321neos for Mexican ultra-LCC Viva Aerobus, one A320neo for Oman-based LCC SalamAir (out of six the carrier “agreed to add” at Farnborough), and 10 A320neo family aircraft originally announced as an MOU from an unidentified customer, which turned out to be Swiss International Air Lines.

All totaled, Airbus’ September bookings came to about $4.5 billion worth of new aircraft orders, a considerable improvement over August.

Airbus’ total net orders for 2018 through Sept. 30 now total 255 aircraft. The manufacturer’s commercial aircraft deliveries for the January-September period now stand at 498 aircraft.

Airbus said its overall backlog of commercial jets remaining to be delivered stood at 7,383 aircraft as of Sept. 30, representing approximately nine years of production at current rates.  

Mark Nensel