Airbus was able to increase the number of aircraft delivered in July, however, none of them belonged to the A330 and A350 widebody families. During the past month, airframer delivered 47 jets of the A320neo series and two A220-300 jets, an increase of 36% compared to June.
In the first half, Airbus had delivered 28 double-aisle aircraft, including 19 A350-900, four A350-1000, two A330-200, one A330-300 and only two A330-900neo.
The absence of widebodies on its July list reinforces the trend that large aircraft are being used less during the pandemic because of the slow recovery in long-haul passenger traffic.
On the other hand, the European manufacturer managed to deliver two A220-300s for Air Canada and EgyptAir, 32 A320neo and 15 A321neo, including the first for the Lebanese airline MEA.
After three months without registering orders, Airbus placed four orders, two A321neo acquired by Lufthansa Technik and two A320neo from an undisclosed customer. Prior to that, airframer had obtained a relevant order in early April for nine A320neo family jets by lessor Avolon.
Airbus did not register cancellations last month, which brought the net total orders to 302 aircraft. According to the company, the backlog of pending delivery aircraft remained at 7,539 units – 524 A220s, 6,125 A320 family aircraft (including 6,065 A320neo family), 321 A330s (including 286 A330neo family), 560 A350 and nine A380s.