© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Planes are seen at the plant of Airbus during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID19) in Hamburg
By Francesca Landini
MILAN (Reuters) – Helicopter and jet makers are turning to digital technology so customers can inspect their big-ticket purchases remotely before taking delivery, as they strive to push through deals paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic and bring in much needed cash.
With outside quality inspectors unable to travel to factories to examine aircraft because of lockdowns, manufacturers hope the remote systems will ease the logjam in deliveries after they slowed to a trickle in April.
Aircraft makers make at least half their revenue and generate significant cash at delivery. The pandemic has caused a cash squeeze across the industry, so every delivery counts.
Planemaker Airbus (PA:) “e-delivered” three A320neo jets in April and Italian helicopter maker Leonardo…