A look at how Airbus and Boeing, regional aircraft manufacturers and those leading airliner programmes in China, Japan and Russia have adapted to the major challenges the pandemic and associated collapse in air travel has caused the sector

For some airliner programmes and their manufacturers, Covid-19 jammed the brakes on robust sales growth; for others it has simply made worse existing problems. We look at the challenges facing each airframer as we approach the end of the toughest year the industry has faced.

Boeing, already badly damaged by the grounding of the 737 Max, and Airbus continue to pin their hopes on a single-aisle recovery as demand for widebodies evaporates.

Embraer is facing a very different future after being jilted at the altar by would-be marriage partner Boeing. The freight market is providing some respite for ATR and De Havilland Canada as the regional turboprop market crumbles, while the emerging players of China, Russia, and Japan are all wrestling with their own unique challenges, from certification obstacles to Western sanctions.

Boeing 737 production final assembly line in Renton, Wash

Source: Boeing

Boeing 737 production final assembly line in Renton, Washington