Airbus commercial aircraft deliveries last year reached 556 commercial aircraft, 34 percent fewer than in 2019 but in line with what the company calls an adaptation plan instituted soon after the onset of the Covid crises, the company reported on Friday. The airframer also logged new orders for 383 airplanes and registered a net order count of 268 after cancellations.
A220-family deliveries fell from 48 in 2019 to 38 last year; A320-family deliveries fell from 642 to 446; A330 shipments declined from 53 to 19; A350 deliveries dropped from 112 to 59; and A380 shipments fell from eight to four. During the year Airbus developed what it called an e-delivery solution to allow customers to take aircraft while minimizing the need for acceptance teams to travel, said Airbus. Those so-called e-deliveries accounted for 25 percent of all aircraft shipments in 2020.
“Working hand-in-hand with our customers allowed us to navigate a difficult year,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. “The Airbus teams, customers, and suppliers truly pulled together in the face of adversity to deliver this result. We also thank our partners and governments for their strong support to the sector. Based on our 2020 deliveries we are cautiously optimistic as we look into 2021, although challenges and uncertainties remain high in the short term.”