A new report by European plane maker Airbus shows aircraft deliveries have halved in the first six months of the year, amounting to just 196 planes, compared with 389 in the same period of 2019.

According to the statistics, deliveries rose to 36 aircraft in June, from 24 in May and a low of 14 in April. Those included four A350-900s for Iberia, Air France and SAS, the only long-haul jets delivered in June. The remainder of the deliveries comprised 31 A320-family aircraft and a single A220.

At the same time, no new orders were registered by the aerospace giant during June, its second month in a row with zero order activity. (RT)