PARIS, April 7 (Reuters) - Europe's Airbus AIR.PA accelerated jet deliveries in March, putting it within reach of matching or even eclipsing last year's first-quarter total, which was only partially affected by the coronavirus crisis, tracking estimates showed on Wednesday.
The planemaker delivered 122 aircraft in the first three months of 2020, with deliveries coming almost to a halt after France and other nations imposed health lockdowns in mid-March.
Airbus declined to comment on this year's performance.
It is expected to update delivery data on Thursday, ahead of quarterly earnings on April 29. Any final delivery data is subject to last-minute changes due to internal auditing.
After a slow start to the year, Airbus delivered 53 jets in the first two months of 2021 and then accelerated sharply in March, according to industry sources and unofficial estimates.