The aviation sector is facing a “deepening crisis” as Covid-19 and global government restrictions continue to blight travel, the head of an aerospace trade body association has warned.
Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS, said the latest travel bans and fragile consumer confidence had left airlines, airports and aerospace manufacturers uncertain about future demand and a route to recovery.
According to ADS, there were just 27 orders globally for commercial aircraft in November – the highest number for a single month since March but the lowest on record for November and a 91 per cent decrease on the same period in 2019.
Global deliveries of commercial aircraft deliveries reached 71 in November, slightly down on the previous month but a rise from the record lows seen in Q2 and Q3 this year, ADS said.
When compared to delivery numbers over the last decade, ADS said it was the worst November for deliveries on record, with 29.7 per cent fewer aircraft delivered than in November 2019.
Mr Everitt said: “Urgent action is now required to prevent longer term damage to these valuable industries and the wider economic activity they facilitate.”
The total backlog of aircraft orders has now declined to 13,212 aircraft – a 6.2 per cent decline on the same time last year when there were more than 14,000 on the order books.
The overall backlog of remaining orders will mean several years’ production work for manufacturers, ADS added