Airbus resumes halted deliveries to the Chinese HNA Group airlines


Toulouse - Airbus resumes halted deliveries of Airbus A330 aircraft to Chinese HNA Group. But they are already behind schedule for months due to late payments.

Reuters reporters who visited Airbus factory in Toulouse today (November 26) to attend the delivery ceremony of the first A330-900 for TAP Air Portugal, observed two Airbus A330 aircraft and one A320 family aircraft that are ready for delivery to HNA subsidiary airlines, reports Reuters news agency.

An industry resource confirmed the deliveries. However “Deliveries are ongoing. Contractual terms are confidential,” said an Airbus spokesman when asked about the issue.

But six A330 aircraft painted with the colors of HNA Group airlines are still parked elsewhere in Airbus’s Toulouse facilities, the same sources said.

Airbus had suspended deliveries earlier this year to the airlines affiliated to the Chinese conglomerate HNA Group because of the due payments. After six months of talks, Airbus withdrew the planes.

Airbus stops the delivery of five A330 destined to HNA Group Airlines

The European manufacturer told Reuters last month they were working closely with all parties to solve the problem by the end of the year.