Airbus recorded an even worse delivery performance in April than in the first quarter. Only 14 planes were delivered last month, down 80% from the same period in 2019 when 70 aircraft were shipped to its customers.
In April, six A320neo, six A321neo, one A330-200 and one A350-900 were delivered. A year ago, Airbus had delivered three A220, one A319, 41 A320 and 15 A321, in addition to 10 widebodies (two A330-900, seven A350-900 and A350-1000).
Made in North America, the A220 (ex-Bombardier C Series) has not delivered since March 6 when an A220-100 was received by Delta Air Lines. The US airline was also the last to receive an A330-900, on February 27. On that same date, Airbus delivered an A350-1000 to Qatar Airways and since then no other has left the manufacturer’s plant.
The doomed A380 was worse: none of the nine aircraft still pending to be manufactured was delivered in 2020, including the third All Nippon Airways aircraft.
If it cannot celebrate any sales agreement for its commercial jets, Airbus at least did not go unnoticed. The lessor Avolon appears in the April data with an order for eight A320neo and one A321neo jets, which raised the manufacturer’s grand total to 20,407 orders, 7,645 of which to be delivered.
In April, some customers’ orders were relocated. SMBC, Air Lease and Pegasus Airlines (Turkey) exchanged 14 orders of the A320neo for the A321neo while Aviation Capital did the opposite with four units.
CMB Aviation and Chinese airline Loong Air appear with an order for A320neo each while two planes have been subtracted from the total undisclosed orders.
It is worth adding that six of the 14 deliveries in April occurred in the last three days of the month.