Second-quarter Airliner Deliveries Sink to Historic Low

 - July 28, 2020, 10:01 AM

Manufacturers saw commercial aircraft orders virtually evaporate and deliveries amount to what UK aerospace trade association ADS called their lowest total on record during the quarter ending June 30. Aircraft deliveries during the second quarter totaled 94, compared with 317 during the same period a year earlier, reported ADS, while manufacturers collected total orders for just 19 airplanes, representing an 88 percent decline on the April-June quarter in 2019. ADS's numbers did not include regional aircraft. 

Airbus delivered 64 single-aisle airplanes and 10 widebodies, while Boeing shipped just four single-aisle jets and 16 widebodies during the period, said ADS. Airbus collected orders for nine narrowbodies and no widebodies while Boeing, conversely, took orders for no narrowbodies and 16 widebodies.  

The total industry backlog as of June 30, said ADS, stood at 13,673, including 7,584 for Airbus and 5,232 for Boeing. China’s Comac carries a backlog of 686 airplanes while Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation’s stands at 171.

“The three months to June saw a slowing in the global economy including travel bans, grounded fleets, and impacts on global trade, with many of the expected aircraft deliveries for the period being deferred,” said ADS in a statement.