Despite the COVID-19 pandemic taking over the headlines in 2020, Airbus reported it has demonstrated resilience with the delivery of 566 commercial aircraft during the previous year.
Revealed by Airbus, the 566 jets were delivered to 87 customers which the company stated was a 39% drop compared to the year prior (2019).
The Asia Pacific saw the most deliveries of aircraft by Airbus, making up 25.8% followed by Europe (20.8%) and North America (15.2%).
Along with the deliveries, Airbus also recorded a total of 383 new orders, and 268 net orders. 115 orders were canceled by the end of the year, with the backlog standing at 7,184 jets.
Based on Airbus' self reporting, the leading aircraft type was the A320 family of jets with 296 new orders including 37 for the A321XLR. The A220 secured 64 new orders. For widebody jets, Airbus secured 23 new orders including 2 A330s and 21 A350s.
To facilitate deliveries amid the international travel restrictions, Airbus developed its e-delivery solution which was used for 25% of its deliveries.
“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.”