Airbus accelerated the pace of aircraft deliveries in March. The European aircraft manufacturer has delivered a total of 72 aircraft to a number of airlines from Aer Lingus to Wizz Air UK. Most airlines took only one plane this month, and only nine customers took three or more planes.
Both of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers recorded a drop in demand for new aircraft deliveries in 2020. This was because many airlines had to ground most of their fleet. After all, why take new planes when you’re not flying the ones you already have? However, things are starting to accelerate.
72 deliveries in March
Airbus managed to deliver 72 commercial aircraft in March. Not surprisingly, Airbus did not change the A380 this month. Emirates is expected to take over two of the remaining five orders this year. However, the airline also did not deliver any aircraft from the A330 family. As such, only A220, A320 and A350 family aircraft were delivered this month.
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The most popular aircraft of the month was the A320neo with 32 aircraft delivered. The A321neo was second with 25 deliveries, while seven A350-900s were delivered. Meanwhile, all A220-100, A319ceo and A350-1000 devices had only one delivery.
IndiGo took the most aircraft of all customers with six A321neos. Delta was second with one A220-100, one A220-300 and two A321ceos. Seven customers delivered three Airbus aircraft, including Wizz Air UK, with three A321neos. Wizz Air Hungary took one A321neo, while Wizz Air Abu Dhabi did not take new aircraft.
You can see the complete distribution of Airbus deliveries in the table below,
|AIR OF CHINA||2||1||3|
|BAMBOO AIR ROADS||1||1|
|EASTERN TUBE CINEMA||3||3|
|CHINESE SOUTHERN AIRCRAFT||1||2||3|
|SMBC AVIATION CAPITAL||2||2|
|TOUCH AIR PORTUGAL||1||1|
|WIZZ AIR HUNGARY||1||1|
|WIZZ AIR UK||3||3|
What about orders?
Airbus orders for March aren’t that exciting. On March 25, an undisclosed customer placed an order for 20 Airbus A220-300s. Meanwhile, Avolon ordered eight planes on the last day of March. This is divided between four A320neos and four A321neos. Avolon is the aircraft lessor. Yesterday, Simple Flying reported that the lessor now owns 578 aircraft, with liquidity of $ 7 billion.
In addition, by 2021, Airbus had executed a total of 39 orders for aircraft, and in January it had not seen any orders. However, in late February, we reported that the European aviation giant had agreed on conditions for canceling 88 aircraft orders held by Norway. This means that so far the total cancellations of Airbus orders for 2021 have been 100. Unfortunately for Airbus, this means that they currently have net negative orders of -61 aircraft.
There were reasons to celebrate at Boeing last month, as February proved to be the first month of net positive orders in more than a year. The US space gig is expected to announce its orders and delivery results for March in the coming days. One of the highlights will be the continued delivery of the Boeing 787, for the first time since October.
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