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13 September 2016

August deliveries at Airbus

Slow progress on A320neo

In my blog on 4 September I said I would be watching Airbus’ August delivery numbers with interest. Well they were released last week and despite Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier saying that staff on the A320neo programme have been working overtime to catch up on deliveries, not much progress appears to have been made so far.

5 A320neos were delivered in August, bringing the total for 2016 to 16 thus far. Airbus clearly flagged in January that deliveries would be back loaded into the second half of the year, but with a target of 56 aircraft, it definitely has its work cut out.

The problems have been caused by issues with the new Geared Turbofan (GTF) PW1100G (see my blog ‘Geared turbofan too hot to handle’). Airbus is reported to have 25 A320neos without engines parked at Toulouse. We will be looking to see evidence of these aircraft being delivered to airlines in the next few months, in order to provide reassurance that Airbus can reach its 2016 delivery target.

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