Airbus May Sue Airlines Over Undelivered Jets

By Kurt Stolz on 6 June 2020
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The cockpit of an Airbus A350

Airbus Industries, which saw no new orders in May amidst the coronavirus pandemic, said it is considering suing airlines that refuse to honor contracts and accept deliveries of new airplanes.

The company’s CEO, Guillaume Faury, put airlines on notice in a news interview Friday as Airbus released its sales and delivery data for the month of May.

Faury told the online newspaper Politico that some airlines had refused to respond to Airbus’ calls during the height of the crisis, adding that he hopes for a compromise.

“It will remain, I hope, the exception because we always try to find a different route than going to court,” he said, adding that if airlines default or don’t work towards a compromise, lawsuits “will happen.”

Meanwhile, Airbus said it had delivered two A220-300 to Air Canada and 18 A320 Family aircraft – including the first A320neo – to Wizz Air. It also delivered four A350 XWB wide-body jets to unspecified customers. The company’s backlog of orders totals 7,621.  This includes 527 A220s, 6,199 A320 Family aircraft, 322 A330s, 564 A350 XWBs, and nine A380s.

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