Airbus still struggling to sell wide-body aircraft

As Airbus begins 2023, it continues to struggle to sell wide-body aircraft
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In its latest round of Orders and Deliveries data, Airbus increased its narrow-body aircraft backlog and delivered 20 aircraft. However, the data for January 2023 also showed that the planemaker did not manage to sell a single widebody jet. 

In total, Airbus finalized orders for 37 aircraft (36 net, following the cancellation of an order for a single A320neo). Delta Air Lines signed up for 12 A220-300, while Uzbekistan Airways ordered eight A320neo and six A321neos. DAE Capital, a Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based aircraft lessor, upped its backlog with a single A320neo. 

Undisclosed customer(s) ordered six A320neo and six A321neo aircraft. 

Throughout the month, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) delivered 20 aircraft. 18 were single-aisle, namely two A220-300, a pair of A319neo, six A320neo, and eight A321neos. On the twin-aisle front, the Toulouse, France-based planemaker delivered an A330-900neo to Virgin Atlantic, acquired via a lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), and an A350-900 to Starlux Airlines, also via a lease from ALC. 

In January 2022, Airbus recorded 36 orders and 30 deliveries.  

Boeing, Airbus’ main competitor, is yet to publish its Orders & Deliveries data as of January 31, 2023. 

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