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Boeing and Airbus delays hit airlines

The constant delay in the delivery of aircraft by large manufacturers, mainly Airbus and Boeing, continues to hit airlines hard, as they see the savings they could achieve through the fleet renewal process frustrated (Airbus, to its customers: there will be delays in aircraft deliveries).

This is highlighted by one of the latest IATA reports, which points out that “bottlenecks in the supply chain will delay the benefits for airlines in terms of lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. “These purchases will take longer to have an impact on the average age of the world fleet.”

It can be seen that deliveries plummeted by 50% in 2020 compared to the peak seen in 2018, and the global order book rose to 17,000 aircraft in 2023. As a result, “the average age of fleets increased by more than 18 months in the last 5 years, going from just over 13 years in 2018 to 14.6 years in 2023.”

As published Preferential, Boeing is delivering planes in dribs and drabs. Of the 130 that it had delivered in the first three months of 2023, the company has gone on to deliver just 83 units in the first quarter of 2024 (Boeing delivered 27 aircraft this January compared to 67 in December).

For its part, Airbus has managed to unblock the distribution to a certain extent, delivering 142 aircraft in these three months. The European manufacturer already warned of this situation at the beginning of the year due to problems with the supplier chain, indicating that it will not be able to fulfill its orders scheduled for the end of 2024 and beginning of 2025.

With all this, IATA fears that the demands of the sector regarding sustainability issues cannot be met. “As important as fleet renewal is for the decarbonization of air transport, it cannot produce results faster than aircraft are delivered.”

Source: Preferente

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