Boeing, Airbus deliveries take off
July 12, 2021 - Airbus delivered more than 70 jets in June – one of the most robust monthly totals since the start of the pandemic – taking the company’s handovers for the first six months of the year to 297 aircraft.
U.S. rival Boeing delivered 45 aircraft in June, taking its 2021 handovers to 156 jets.
The coronavirus pandemic crippled air travel in March 2020, triggering a mid-year fall of 42 per cent in deliveries for the two plane makers, with joint handovers plunging to 266 compared to 628 at the midpoint of 2019.
A recent 200-unit order from U.S. carrier United Airlines boosted both plane makers. United’s June 29 commitment comprised 50 Boeing 737 Max 8s and 150 Max 10s, plus 70 Airbus A321neos.
The order includes 25 of around 100 737 Max “white tails” -- aircraft that have been built but are without buyers.
The 737 Max was grounded in March 2019, after two fatal crashes of MAX 8 jets within months killed 346 people. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally recertified it to fly again in November 2020, followed by Brazil and Canada. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and Britain followed the FAA’s lead in January.