PARIS: Airbus has found buyers for six aircraft from the A320neo family rejected by one of its main customers, Malaysia’s AirAsia, as it works off a surplus left by the coronavirus crisis, industry sources said.
Unwanted jets have become an emblem of pandemic-induced problems in the aerospace industry that have come on top of a chill in ties between two of its major players. Tensions became unusually public when Airbus in April invited tenders for six jets that AirAsia had failed to take delivery of.
It has now found homes for all six, the last of which is being delivered this month, a European industry source told Reuters. Airbus provided no comment. Airbus has been steadily increasing deliveries as it strikes deals with airlines to reschedule deliveries or store jets.
It said last month it had reduced an overhang that it had been unable to deliver during the crisis by 10 units to 135 jets. The redeployment of AirAsia orders is expected to trim the surplus further as deliveries top output in November.