Slump in new aircraft orders hits all-time low

26 Oct 2020

New aircraft orders have nosedived in the UK, with no orders registered in September and just 13 during the financial quarter.

This represents a fall of 91.4% on the same quarter in 2019.

In July and August there were orders for four and nine aircraft respectively, with just three being for wide-body aircraft.

UK trade organisation ADS supplied the figures, which represents over 1,100 businesses across the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, reports Sky News.

During Q3, there were 173 new aircraft delivered, which is also the worst on record, but indicated signs of improvement.

The majority were single-aisle planes, with just 38 wide-body aircraft, highlighting the fall in demand for long-haul international travel.

Travel curbs have hit the aviation industry hard, coupled with a decline in journeys due to coronavirus fears which started to impact the sector at the beginning of the year.

ADS chief executive Paul Everitt said: "The aerospace and aviation industries have invested in robust health and safety measures as part of aircraft design which makes the risk of transmission when travelling aboard an aircraft extremely low.

"We need to continue to work together internationally to improve consumer confidence and encourage a return to the skies.”

He went on to add: "The quarantine period that passengers face when they return home is one of the main barriers to UK aviation's recovery and testing can play a major role in reducing this.

"The government should rapidly implement a testing regime so that the 14-day quarantine period can be shortened. This will help improve confidence amongst travellers and in turn put the aviation and aerospace sectors on a path towards recovery."