Airbus had a reasonable year in 2020 given the huge impact of the pandemic on aviation. Yes, the number of aircraft delivered was down 34 percent in 2020 over the previous year but that’s still a total of 566 commercial aircraft to 87 customers.
Not only did Airbus have to contend with a reduction in production and introducing Covid precautions across its workplaces, but the manufacturer also had to work out an e-delivery solution which represented more than 25% of the 2020 deliveries, allowing customers to receive their aircraft while minimising the need for their teams to travel.
“Working hand-in-hand with our customers allowed us to navigate a difficult year,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer.
“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.”
In 2020, Airbus recorded a total of 383 new orders. The A220 won 64 new orders. The A320 family won 296 new orders including 37 A321XLR.
In the widebody segment, Airbus 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.
Airbus will report Full Year 2020 financial results on 18 February 2021.
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