By the end of June, Airbus expects to park about 100 new A320neo-family aircraft in storage at its Hamburg and Toulouse facilities, some for many months.
Guillaume Faury, the new President of Airbus, calls it a “industrial crisis” as A320 family aircraft deliveries are on hold due to delayed engines from both Pratt & Whitney and CFM International.
Airbus was forced to suspend A320neo deliveries powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines in February. Engine maker quick fixed the issues caused by knife-edge seals and resumed deliveries in May, but at a slow phase.
At the same time, deliveries of CFM engines also delayed by about two months, which backloaded deliveries of A320neo powered by CFM Leap 1A engines.
Despite the lack of engines, Airbus decided to continue A320neo production at the same original rate, as the fourth A320/A320neo final assembly line in Hamburg, is officially opening on June 14.
According to Airbus the current situation affects the company in terms of production complexity, planning and Airbus’ working capital.
However, Faury expects the vast majority of the 100 parked aircraft will be delivered by the end of this year and believes the delivery target of more than 800 aircraft this year is still achievable.