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Boeing, Airbus announce Q3 delivery results

Year to date (YTD), Airbus has delivered a total of 341 commercial aircraft, Boeing 98 aircraft. Numbers still clearly reflect the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the industry.
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Mid-October, Boeing (Chicago, Ill., U.S.) and Airbus (Toulouse France) each announced commercial aircraft orders and deliveries for the third quarter of 2020. Numbers still clearly reflect the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on orders and deliveries, which were also acknowledged in each company’s quarter one results released in April.

Airbus

Airbus reported that it delivered 57 commercial aircraft in September 2020 (14 in April, 24 in May, 36 in June, 49 in July and 39 in August) versus 71 aircraft over the same period in 2019. Year to date (YTD), Airbus has delivered a total of 341 aircraft (18 A220s, 282 A320 Family, 9 A330s and 32 A350s), which is a reduction of around 40% compared to the same period in 2019 (571 aircraft deliveries).

In the first three quarters of 2020, Airbus booked a total of 300 net commercial aircraft orders compared with 127 net orders in the equivalent 2019 period or 256 aircraft in the equivalent 2018 period.

Airbus backlog stands at 7,441 aircraft compared to 7,133 at the same point in time in 2019

 

 A300/A310

 A220/A320

 A330/A340/A350

A380 

 Total

Total orders

 816

 16,216

 3,125

 251

 20,408

Total deliveries

 816

 9,652

 2,257

 242

 12,967

Aircraft in fleet

 291

 9,135

 2,039

 239

 11,704

Note: Data is valid as of September 30, 2020.

Boeing

Boeing’s report cover major program deliveries across its commercial and defense operations.

According to the report, the company delivered 28 commercial aircraft in the third quarter, and 98 YTD (12 737, 2 747, 20 767, 15 777 and 49 787). These delivery numbers might come as no surprise, considering Boeing’s decision earlier in October to consolidate production of 787 jets at its facility in North Charleston, S.C., and the temporary suspension of production operations in the Puget Sound area and South Carolina earlier this year resulting from the global pandemic.

"We continue to work closely with our customers around the globe, understanding their near-term and longer term fleet needs, aligning supply and demand while navigating the significant impact this global pandemic continues to have on our industry," says Greg Smith, Boeing executive vice president of Enterprise Operations and chief financial officer. "We're taking actions to resize, reshape and transform our business to preserve liquidity, adapt to the new market reality and ensure that we deliver the highest standards of safety and quality as we position our company to be more resilient for the long term. Our diverse portfolio, including our government services, defense and space programs, continues to provide some stability as we adapt and rebuild stronger for the other side of the pandemic."

Major program deliveries during the third quarter were as follows:

 Major programs

 Third quarter 2020

 YTD 2020

 Commercial airplane programs

   

 737

 3

 12

 747

 1

 2

 767

 6

 20

 777

 5

 15

787

13

49

Total

28

98

Defense, space and security programs

   

AH-64 Apache (New)

7

18

AH-64 Apache (Remanufactured)

12

44

C-40A

--

--

CH-47 Chinook (New)

4

19

CH-47 Chinook (Renewed)

2

3

F-15 Models

--

3

F/A-18 Models

5

14

KC-46 Tanker

4

10

P-8 Models

3

9

Commercial and Civil Satellites

-- --

Military Satellites

-- --

Note: Delivery information is not considered final until quarterly financial results are issued.

On Oct. 6 Boeing also released its Boeing Market Outlook (BMO) forecast for 2020, projecting near-term challenges in commercial aviation, but long-term resilience.

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