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Airbus beats Boeing on deliveries, avoids order cancellations

THE Covid-battered commercial aviation market finds Airbus ahead as it has delivered 39 jets last month while its rival Boeing delivered only 13

13 September 2020 - 19:00

THE Covid-battered commercial aviation market finds Airbus ahead as it has delivered 39 jets last month while its rival Boeing delivered only 13.

August handovers by Airbus comprised 35 A320-series narrow-body planes and four twin-aisle jets, the Toulouse, France-based company said. The overall tally is down 10 planes from July.



Boeing's 13-plane delivery was overshadowed by news that handovers of the 787 Dreamliner are to be slowed for checks for a new manufacturing flaw involving gaps in the plane's horizontal stabiliser that are wider than specified, reported Bloomberg.



Boeing continues to wrestle with cancellations of its 737 Max short-haul plane, grounded last year following two deadly crashes. The European company has generally managed to persuade airlines including EasyJet and Qatar Airways to defer deliveries rather than walk away from orders outright.



While Airbus may be able to protect its backlog through such measures, the strategy risks leaving major gaps in production lines that have already seen output slashed, said Sash Tusa, an analyst at Agency Partners in London.


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