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Airbus sees drop in commercial aircraft deliveries in May

Last month 53 jets were delivered, eight less than in April and ten less than in May 2023. Planemaker registered an order for 20 A330-900s for an undisclosed customer

Airbus had a significant drop in commercial aircraft deliveries in May, when it sent its customers just 53 jets, ten airplanes fewer than in the same month of 2023.

The result brought the total number of deliveries in 2024 to 256 aircraft, just 12 more than last year.

The most notable drop occurred with the A321neo, the single-aisle jet currently in greatest demand. Only 22 planes were delivered, or seven fewer than in April.

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Airbus commercial aircraft deliveries – 2024 vs 2023 (ADN)

Until May, Airbus delivered 113 A321neo, two less than in the first five months of 2023. The total number of narrow-bodies is 11 greater than last year thanks to the increase in deliveries of the A320neo and A220.

Among wide-bodies, the situation is stable. The A330 has 10 deliveries, two fewer than in 2023, while the A350 has grown by three aircraft, reaching 17 jets.

Airbus stated at the beginning of the year that its guidance is to deliver 800 commercial aircraft in 2024. Therefore, the company has not yet reached a third of the target.

Airbus commercial aircraft deliveries by month (ADN)

Undisclosed customer orders 20 A330-900

In orders, Airbus registered an order for seven A321neo placed by lessor NAC (Nordic Aviation Capital) in addition to 20 A330-900 in an agreement with an undisclosed customer.

The planemaker’s total historical orders reached 24,032 aircraft, 15 more than in April.

The small increase is explained by the suppression of five orders for A220-100 and seven for A220-300 by Nordic Aviation Capital itself, which now has only eight aircraft of the larger variant of the regional jet confirmed.

There was also the exchange of five A320neo orders for the A319neo by Air China. The net balance between 32 planes removed and 17 added was 15 jets, therefore.

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