Airbus ends first half with 298 net orders

Airframer delivered 196 aircraft in the semester, half of what it had shipped to its customers in 2019
A330-900neo: Airbus had no orders for the widebody in 2020 (Airbus)

Airbus concluded the first half of 2020 with 298 net orders and 196 aircraft delivered to its customers, the company revealed this week. When comparing its figures for the same period in 2019, airframer said it increased orders more than three times, but delivered half the planes. Again, Airbus did not close any new deals in June, but managed to expand deliveries. There were 36 aircraft, compared to 24 units in May and 14 units in April.

In June, an A220-300 was delivered to Air Canada, 18 A320neo to companies such as China Southern Airlines, Vueling and Indigo, 13 A321neo (including two for Turkish Airlines and one for Iberia Express) and four A350-900 (two for Iberia, one for Air France and one for SAS).

Accumulated in the semester, the A320neo leads deliveries with 97 aircraft, followed by the A321neo with 54 units. Only 28 wide-body jets were delivered, with five A330s and 23 A350s.

Few cancellations

Unlike Boeing, the European manufacturer has managed to get around many order cancellations. 67 aircraft were canceled, including 16 A220, 22 A320, seven A321 and 17 A350.

The A321neo was responsible for the largest number of orders in 2020 (Airbus)

On the other hand, Airbus has not registered any orders for the A330 family, in addition to having lost five orders for the A330-900neo model.

The A321neo is the model that has accumulated the most orders so far with 148 gross orders. The good performance has to do with the XLR variant, the longest range of the single aisle jet.

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