Airbus deliveries down 50% in 1st half of 2020
PARIS, France – Airbus on Wednesday, July 8, said January-June plane deliveries slumped by half to 196 aircraft compared with the first 6 months of 2019, highlighting the impact of the coronavirus crisis.
For the second consecutive month there were no new orders in June, the plane maker added, though it did record 36 deliveries, up from 24 in May and 14 in April.
In the 1st half of 2019, Airbus made 389 deliveries – a closely-tracked variable because clients pay most of the cost when they receive the planes.
Fleets of planes have been parked at airports worldwide, and analysts forecast that air traffic will not return to 2019 levels before 2023.
Airbus registered 298 net orders in the 1st half of 2020, all signed before the end of April.
That is about a quarter less than last year's 389 orders over the same period.