Ahead of the release of its financial results next month, the aircraft manufacturer revealed its delivery and order performance for last year
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus delivered 566 commercial jets to 87 different customers last year, amid the global COVID-19 crisis which saw it adapt its production and delivery plans.
The total number of handovers was 34% lower than in 2019 and the busiest month was December, during which 89 aircraft were delivered.
The A320 Family dominated throughout the year with 446 examples making their way to customers around the world. The A350 was the next most popular with 59 of the widebody being delivered, while 38 A220s and just four A380s were handed over in 2020.
“Working hand-in-hand with our customers allowed us to navigate a difficult year. 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,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus chief executive officer. “Based on our 2020 deliveries we are cautiously optimistic as we look into 2021, although challenges and uncertainties remain high in the short term.”
Airlines in the Asia Pacific region received the largest proportion of deliveries accepting around 25% of the total. This was closely followed by Europe with 20%. North America, Africa-Middle East and LATAM equated to 15%, 6% and 2%, respectively. However, aircraft lessors formed almost 30% of the 566 delivered airframes.
In 2020, Airbus recorded a total of 383 new orders, 268 net orders, showing – the firm says – continued customer endorsements in all market segments. The A220 won 64 new orders, while 296 new orders were placed for the A320 Family including 37 A321XLRs.
In the widebody segment, the Toulouse-based giant won 23 new orders including two A330s and 21 A350s. After 115 cancellations by the end of 2020, Airbus’ backlog stood at 7,184 aircraft.