Airbus Sees Slump in September Deliveries, Orders

 - October 11, 2021, 1:22 PM
Airbus's 40 airplane shipments during September included the first A220 to Air France. (Photo: Airbus)

Airbus delivered 40 commercial airplanes to 25 customers in the month of September, compared with 57 deliveries last year and 71 in 2019. The aerospace group also inked just a single firm order from a private customer for an A319neo narrowbody.

Airbus also delivered just 40 airplanes during August of this year, but that figure fell in line with typical numbers during a traditionally slow holiday month. Last month’s delivery figures finished well below even a Covid-tainted 2020 and amounted to just 56 percent of September 2019’s benchmark.

A330-family widebodies accounted for four of Airbus’s September 2021 deliveries, while it shipped just two A350s. The remaining 34 deliveries consisted of 30 A320-family jets and four A220s.

An Airbus spokesman suggested the low delivery count for the month of September didn’t reflect any sort of production problem or disruption, adding that the company’s supply chain is “strained but OK” and that it has not changed revised year-end guidance issued in July of a record 600 deliveries.

“Deliveries are not linear,” he said. “It might be lower this month, but higher next. What counts is the end-of-year result."

Airbus’s latest orders and deliveries data show that the European OEM shipped 424 commercial aircraft to airlines or leasing companies in the first eight months of the year. To reach 600 by year-end, it would have to deliver an average of 59 airplanes per month during October, November, and December.