LONDON – Airbus has today announced that it has achieved the targets for 2021’s commercial aircraft deliveries.
2021 saw the manufacturer deliver 611 aircraft to 88 different customers around the world, with Airbus mentioning that this demonstrates “resilience and recovery with progress on ramp-up plans”.
Commenting on the news was the Airbus Chief Guillaume Faury who went into more detail about this:
“Our commercial aircraft achievements in 2021 reflect the focus and resilience of our Airbus teams, customers, suppliers, and stakeholders across the globe who pulled together to deliver remarkable results.”
“The year saw significant orders from airlines worldwide, signaling confidence in the sustainable growth of air travel post-COVID”.
“While uncertainties remain, we are on track to lift production through 2022 to meet our customers’ requirements.”
“At the same time, we are preparing the future of aviation, transforming our industrial capabilities, and implementing the roadmap for decarbonization.”
Above is the breakdown, with the A320 Family accounting for most of those deliveries.
Compared to 2020 numbers, Airbus experienced an eight percent uplift in deliveries for 2021, which comes as no surprise due to the pandemic encouraging customers to delay deliveries.
Around 25% of these deliveries were made without airlines having to send out teams to collect the aircraft.
On the orders front, sales doubled in 2021 compared to the year previous, with the European planemaker recording 771 new sales, with the following breakdown:
- A220 – 64 orders.
- A320neo Family – 661 orders.
- 30 A330s.
- 16 A350s (11 of which were for the A350F variant).
According to numbers from December 31, 2021, the backlog for Airbus stands at a staggering 7,082 aircraft.