In another sign of the ongoing recovery of the airliner market, Airbus delivered 77 airplanes during June, marking its strongest month since the start of the year. The figure represents an increase of 41 airplanes over its June 2020 total and accounts for more than a quarter of all deliveries this year.
From the start of the year through the end of June, Airbus delivered 297 airplanes compared with 196 during the first half of 2020. The 297 figure puts the company on pace to ship far more than the 566 it delivered last year, when Covid-19 pressures saw its total fall from 863 in 2019.
Meanwhile, the order Airbus collected late last month from United Airlines for 70 A321neos and three more from private and undisclosed customers raised its net order total into positive territory for the first time this year. With gross orders for 165 airplanes and cancellations for 127, the company’s net order count now stands at 38 for the year.