Airbus wanted to make 720 aircraft deliveries in 2022 and failed, but it did far better in 2023, and is aiming even higher for 2024.
We recently looked at how Airbus may have broken a couple of records around aircraft orders last year. It will take a few more days for the year’s order tally to become official, but the numbers continue to look promising.
However, it is aircraft deliveries that bring in most of the revenue, and it seems that Airbus has hit its 2023 goal. In 2022, the Russian escalation of the war in Ukraine and other supply chain hurdles meant that Airbus had to abandon its target for 720 deliveries.
Beyond the war, in 2022 some suppliers were reluctant to scale up their operations quickly, following pandemic-era cuts. But with signs of recovery looking much better last year, some of these concerns have been easing.
Airbus 2023 Deliveries – And The Future
So, for 2023, industry sources suggest that Airbus made over 730 aircraft deliveries to its customers. According to Reuters, different analysts put the number between 732 and 733 aircraft. In December 2023 alone, Airbus made around 109 aircraft deliveries!
It is not unusual for Airbus to record more deliveries in the last few months of the year, but a three-digit score hasn’t been seen for a while. In December 2022, Airbus managed to deliver 98 jets.
We should find out what the official numbers are, next week. But with 2023 out of the way, the next question is what sort of orders and deliveries Airbus will manage to secure in 2024. Some suppliers say that the European manufacturer is requesting a parts supply for the production of 740 aircraft.
Airbus is out-producing Boeing, especially in the high-volume, single-aisle aircraft market. But the European maker also has a larger orderbook, which means that customers placing new orders NOW, may have to wait until the mid-2030s for their aircraft.
This is why Airbus is pushing its production and delivery numbers, to keep its delivery slots at reasonable levels. Boeing is also pushing up its own production, to stay ahead of Airbus in terms of its delivery slots. So the 2023 numbers and plans for deliveries in 2024 of both manufacturers will be interesting.