Airbus announced its orders and deliveries results for the month of February 2020. The European aircraft manufacturer delivered 55 aircraft throughout the month and received zero orders from customers.
Notably, it delivered quite a few “firsts” during the month:
Aeroflot, the national flag carrier of Russia, accepted its first Airbus A350 XWB in an opera-inspired ceremony in Toulouse, France (TLS).
Batik Air, EgyptAir, flyadeal and Swiss International Air Lines all became the newest members of the A320neo family, as they accepted their first Airbus narrow-bodies with the New Engine Option.
In total, the Toulouse-based plane maker handed over 40 of the A320 family aircraft to customers through the month, including three A320ceo aircraft: Two A321s went to Delta Air Lines, while a lone A320ceo was delivered to a private customer. Four additional deliveries were recorded in the narrow-body segment: Air Canada (ADH2) received two, Delta Air Lines and EgyptAir both received one Airbus A220 aircraft, respectively.
While Airbus recorded zero firm orders, all is not grim in the sales department. Green Africa Airways, a start-up airline based in Lagos, Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 50 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, potentially becoming the newest customer to sign up for the former-CSeries aircraft.
Worryingly, though, the A330neo program is still struggling to take-off properly and replicate the success of its older brother, the A330ceo. While the Airbus A330-800neo got its type certificate on February 13, 2020, the manufacturer is reportedly considering cutting the production of the wide-body due to the lackluster demand. In February 2020, Airbus delivered two A330s: one ceo to Aer Lingus and one A330neo to Delta Air Lines.