Undelivered Airbus jets jam parking spaces and hurt cash flow

A growing backlog of undelivered jets, parked outside Airbus’ factories due to supplier problems, is putting pressure on the plaemaker’s cash generation for the start of the year. 

Undelivered Airbus A320neo without their engines seen parked at Toulouse Airport, Southwestern France
Image copyright: Reuters

After a first slow quarter in deliveries, parking spaces in Toulouse, France, and in Hamburg, Germany, is running out due to undelivered jets.

The number of A320neo aircraft standing without engines awaiting delivery has risen to more than two dozen because of technical problems and delays at engine maker Pratt & Whitney. 

A350 deliveries also continue to be delayed because of shortages of cabin equipment. Reuters has seen at least six parked A350/ waiting for delivery in Toulouse, an industry analyst, though, said that there could be more based on a study of jet serial number.

Deliveries of the A350, which competes against the Boeing 787 family, are being hampered because of bottlenecks in cabin equipments delivery, such as seats and toilets.

These include delayed shipments from French Zodiac Aerospace but also involve other unidentified suppliers. 

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