A Look Back at Airbus’ 2022

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LONDON – Airbus took a look back at 2022 today, with the European planemaker announcing 1,000 new orders and 661 deliveries in a single year.

The Breakdown…

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Airbus won 1,078 new orders, which converted to 820 net across all programs.

Below, you can see the breakdown in terms of orders unveiled by Airbus:

  • A220 – 127 firm gross new orders.
  • A320neo Family – 888 gross new orders.
  • A330 Family – 19 gross new orders.
  • A350 Family – 44 gross new orders.

In terms of deliveries, you can see the breakdown below;

A220 Family5350
A320 Family516483
A330 Family3218
A350 Family60*55
* After a reduction of two aircraft (2 A350-900 AEROFLOT) previously recorded as sold in December 2021, for which a transfer was not possible due to international sanctions against Russia.

Faury: More to Do on Deliveries…

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Commenting on 2022 performance in this respect was Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury, who said the following:

“In 2022, we served 84 customers with 661 deliveries, an increase of 8 percent compared to 2021.”

“That’s obviously less than we were targeting, but given the complexity of the operating environment, I want to thank the teams and our partners for the hard work and the ultimate result”.

“The significant order intake covering all our aircraft families, including freighters, reflects the strength and competitiveness of our product line.”

“We continue our ramp-up trajectory to deliver on our backlog.” 

Airbus’ Targets on Deliveries Not Met…

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Earlier last month, Airbus revealed that it will be unable to meet its delivery target for commercial aircraft this year.

Based on its November deliveries of 68 commercial aircraft and the complex operating environment, Airbus SE considers its target to achieve “around 700” commercial aircraft deliveries in 2022 to now be out of reach.

Taking into account the fact that this complex environment will persist longer than previously expected, Airbus will be adjusting the speed of the A320 Family ramp-up to rate 65 for 2023 and 2024.

Airbus maintains the objective of reaching a rate of 75 by the middle of the decade.

Even so, Airbus stated in today’s news that the 661 delivery figure represented an eight percent increase compared to 2021, so they are still moving in the right direction.


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Airbus did have a strong 2022, despite the European planemaker not hitting its delivery targets.

However, in a world that has been plagued by a global pandemic, as well as the industry as a whole, trying to get itself back together, this is still a considerable feat, all things considered.

Looking ahead, Airbus will be wanting to press on with its targets on production, especially with there being a backlog of 7,239 aircraft yet to be delivered.

Such a figure does highlight Airbus’ successes, and this will be something that they will want to take going into the Paris Air Show later this year.

But for now, all eyes are now on Airbus to see how their 2023 will go and whether we can see an improvement from 2022.

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