Airbus Says Over The Worst In A320neo Delivery Logjam


LONDON – Airbus (AIR.PA) is over the worst on engine delays that have hampered deliveries of its A320neo passenger jet, with the number of semi-finished and undelivered planes beginning to come down, its planemaking chief said on Friday.

The European aerospace group has faced a backlog of up to 100 A320neo jets nicknamed ‘gliders’ – sitting on the ground outside factories without their engines – due to delays in deliveries mainly from U.S.-based Pratt & Whitney (UTX.N).

Airbus President Guillaume Faury said this number had now fallen to 86 at the end of June. He also said that Airbus expected to deliver more of the A320neo models, carrying the new type of engine, in the second half than the current A320 model.

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