Airbus Adjusts 2024 Outlook Due to Supply Chain Challenges

An Airbus A320neo at night.
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Airbus, the European aerospace giant, has announced a recalibration of its 2024 guidance citing persistent supply chain disruptions. Of particular note is the adjustment of production figures, especially for the Airbus A320 Family line.

This revision reflects ongoing challenges in ramping up production of their popular A320 family of narrow-body jets.

The company now anticipates delivering around 770 commercial aircraft in 2024, down from their previous target of 800.

This adjustment comes despite continued strong demand for Airbus aircraft, particularly the fuel-efficient A320neo series.

Supply Chain Squeeze

Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO, acknowledged that the supply chain situation “is not getting any better,” forcing the company to adjust its goals.

Shortages in crucial components like engines, aerostructures (aircraft body components), and cabin equipment are the primary culprits.

Notably, engine supply emerged as a recent bottleneck, an unexpected hurdle according to Faury.

These disruptions are a continuation of the challenges that have plagued the aviation industry since the pandemic’s early days.

The initial shutdown of production and travel restrictions disrupted established supply chains. As air travel rebounded faster than anticipated, manufacturers like Airbus struggled to keep pace with the surge in demand, leading to component shortages.

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Delayed Production Ramp-Up

The revised guidance also affects production ramp-up plans for the Airbus A320 family. The company previously aimed to achieve a monthly production rate of 75 A320 aircraft by 2026.

However, due to supply chain constraints, this target has been pushed back to 2027.

This delay could further exacerbate the global shortage of new jets, especially considering Boeing’s reduced production rates for their competing 737 model.

Financial Impact

The revised guidance also translates to adjustments in Airbus’s financial projections for 2024. The company now expects adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) to be around €5.5 billion.

This is down from the previous range of €6.5 billion to €7 billion. Additionally, Airbus anticipates free cash flow before customer financing to be around €3.5 billion.

Looking Forward

Despite the challenges, Airbus remains optimistic about the long-term outlook. The underlying demand for new, fuel-efficient aircraft remains robust.

Airlines are eager to modernize their fleets to reduce operating costs and meet environmental regulations.

Airbus is actively exploring solutions to mitigate supply chain disruptions. This may involve collaborating with suppliers to improve production capacity and exploring alternative sourcing options.

The company is also evaluating strategic options like potential restructuring, partnerships, and portfolio reviews to navigate the current environment.


The revised guidance announcement is likely to be met with mixed reactions from investors.

While the lower delivery target and financial projections could trigger a temporary dip in stock price, Airbus’s long-term prospects remain positive.

The company’s commitment to innovation and focus on addressing supply chain bottlenecks will be crucial factors to watch in the coming months.

The full impact of these adjustments will become clearer when Airbus releases its half-year results on July 30th, 2024.

In the meantime, the industry will be closely monitoring how Airbus navigates these supply chain headwinds and maintains its position as a leading player in the global aerospace market.

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