After a sudden halt in global air transport caused by the pandemic a little over a year ago, the aviation industry is starting to recover and seems to be returning to its usual growth. Several players in the sector are announcing new projects for 2021.
Airbus: Delivery and new orders in prospect
The portfolio of undelivered aircraft at Airbus has been further reduced, with 50 deliveries announced last May. These include 50 aircraft (four A220s, 41 A320 Family aircraft, one A330neo, three A350s and one A380) delivered to 32 different customers. No less than 220 aircraft have been delivered to 61 customers since the beginning of 2021, an increase of 38% compared to the same period last year.
The group booked seven new commercial aircraft orders in May. One of the orders was placed by German airline Lufthansa for two wide-body A350s as well as two A320s for Volaris, a low-cost airline based in Mexico.
The European aircraft manufacturer also plans to produce a significant number of aircraft: an increase in the monthly production rate of 45 A320s in the fourth quarter of 2021 is expected. A total of 94 orders have been placed with Airbus since the beginning of the year.
New production model:
Presented for the first time at Le Bourget in 2019. The A321XLR (for “extra-long range”) had received 426 orders from 22 customers by the end of April.
Capable of flying 8,700 kilometers non-stop (the equivalent of a Toulouse-New York flight), the A321XLR is halfway between the A320, for regional routes, and the A350, for transatlantic routes. This is highly sought after by low-cost airlines looking for a single-aisle aircraft capable of covering a greater distance, with more passengers and lower operating costs.
Assembly of the central and rear fuselage sections of the first aircraft began on May 21 in Hamburg. It is scheduled to enter service in 2023.
Acquisition of an MRO workshop:
As part of its development strategy in MRO services, Airbus Helicopters announced yesterday, Tuesday, June 8, that it has reached an agreement with the German ZF Friedrichshafen Group to acquire ZF Luftfahrttechnik.
The German company has MRO contracts for the majority of the German Army’s helicopter fleet. It also supplies gearboxes to Airbus Helicopters and other customers.
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