Aircraft manufacturers fear that the coronavirus pandemic will affect them and the buyers of their jets, planes and rental groups, a near-fatal explosion. Eighteen months later, passengers are back – but mostly on short routes.
As passenger demand approaches or even compares to pre-pandemic levels with shorter trips where small, single-aisle jets are used, long-haul traffic remains overwhelmed with many large widths. planes flying intercontinental routes still sitting idle.
With more than 1,400 of these twin-aisle jets still stored in aircraft hangars as of early December, according to data from aviation consultancy Cirium, the timing of the wide-body market’s recovery remains uncertain. .
Even if the numbers dropped from the peak of the pandemic in March 2020 when about 3,586 twin-aisles were kept, it’s still almost 30 percent of the current fleet because planes are slow to bring these planes back into service. .
It was a sharp contrast to the times before the pandemic when some executives said there were too many large planes after a decade of rapid production and delivery.
When Covid was hit, there was a “slight increase in the backlog of wide -body aircraft” following the “small order frenzy”, according to Christian Scherer, Airbus ’chief commercial officer.Read more