Airbus ends first half of 2021 with 38 net orders

Planemaker managed to deliver 297 commercial jets in the first six months of the year, 77 of them in June alone

Airbus ended the first half of 2021 with 165 new commercial jet orders. However, due to cancellations, the planemaker saw its backlog grow to just 38 aircraft.

The positive result was only possible thanks to the order for 70 A321neo announced by United Airlines in June. The higher-capacity variant of the single-aisle family of aircraft contributed a balance of 69 units, offsetting the reduction of 52 A320neo aircraft in the period.

Despite three cancellations, the A220-300 ended the semester with 18 net orders. Airbus’ flagship long-range aircraft, the A350-900 won five new orders, but these were canceled by the same amount of lost orders.

Compared to the same period in 2020, net orders fell by 1.275%. Last year, Airbus ended the first half with 298 net orders, most from deals closed in January, just before the Covid-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented disruption in the industry.

United ordered 70 A321neo in June (Airbus)

Deliveries grow

Airbus managed at least to resume a higher pace of deliveries in 2021. If last year only 196 aircraft had been shipped to customers in the first six months, this year the total reached 297 (growth of 52%).

In June alone, there were 77 commercial jets, 57 of the A320 family. The widebody A350 had 11 deliveries made last month, bringing the year’s total to 30 units.

In recent statements, Airbus has revised its production schedule, predicting an increase in the pace of assembly of its jets in the coming years. The forecast is that air travel demand will return to the pre-pandemic level around 2023.

Aircraft delivered in June

CustomerQt.Model
Air Canada3A220-300
Air Baltic1A220-300
Delta1A220-300
AEROFLOT1A320neo
AIR TRAVEL1A320neo
FRONTIER AIRLINES1A320neo
JAZEERA AIRWAYS1A320neo
PRIVATE CUSTOMER1A320neo
SIBERIA AIRLINES1A320neo
SKY EXPRESS1A320neo
VISTARA1A320neo
VIVA AIR COLOMBIA1A320neo
AIR CHINA2A320neo
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES2A320neo
FLYNAS2A320neo
SPRING AIRLINES2A320neo
SICHUAN AIRLINES4A320neo
SPIRIT AIRLINES4A320neo
VOLARIS5A320neo
Delta1A321ceo
Aer Lingus1A321neo
AIR CHINA1A321neo
Air Transat3A321neo
AMERICAN AIRLINES2A321neo
Cathay Pacific1A321neo
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES1A321neo
GULF AIR1A321neo
INDIGO1A321neo
JETBLUE AIRWAYS2A321neo
JUNEYAO AIRLINES1A321neo
LUFTHANSA1A321neo
MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES1A321neo
PEACH1A321neo
Salam Air1A321neo
Scoot1A321neo
SPRING AIRLINES2A321neo
TURKISH AIRLINES2A321neo
Vistara1A321neo
WIZZ AIR HUNGARY2A321neo
Airbus Defense1A330-200
Corsair1A330-900
Delta1A330-900
AEROFLOT RUSSIAN AIRLINES3A350-900
AIR FRANCE1A350-900
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES1A350-900
JAPAN AIRLINES1A350-900
SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES1A350-900
SINGAPORE AIRLINES1A350-900
World2Fly1A350-900
Cathay Pacific1A350-1000
Air Caraibes1A350-1000
Emirates1A380
Total
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