LONDON – European planemaker Airbus has delivered a total of 55 aircraft in September 2022, as the push to strong year-end numbers continues.
The 55 aircraft delivered went to 31 different customers around the world. Airbus recorded around 13 orders for that month also.
The net year-to-date figure for deliveries stands at 435 aircraft and was 437 before the two deliveries for Aeroflot were not fulfilled due to international sanctions.
Commercial Aircraft Services Market To Double in Value…
In a release this week, aircraft manufacturer Airbus said that it expects the aviation services market to recover to pre-pandemic levels in 2023. Beyond that, the manufacturer projects that the services market will double in value in the next 20 years.
Airbus expects the services market to recover to pre-pandemic levels in 2023 and to double in value over the next 20 years – from $95bn today to over $230bn in 2041, according to its latest Global Services Forecast (GSF), Airbus estimates that the market will increase in value from its $95bn worth today to over $230bn in 2041.
The upshot of this growth is that the number of people working in aviation services, keeping the world’s fleets flying on a daily basis, is set to increase by a further two million.
“Every day, millions of people in services, hidden champions behind the scenes, keep our global fleet of aircraft flying. Alone the number of pilots, cabin crews, and maintenance specialists is set to grow by a further two million by 2041”, says Philippe Mhun, Airbus EVP Programmes, and Services.
Strong Numbers Overlooked Due to AF477 Lawsuit…
Air France and aircraft manufacturer Airbus will face court proceedings in Paris on Monday over the fatal crash of an Airbus A330 in 2009, which claimed the lives of all 228 persons on board.
The two respondents face charges of involuntary manslaughter, and the trial will focus on allegations of inadequate pilot training and a defective speed monitoring probe.
Air France and Airbus denied any criminal negligence in the accident, and the findings attributed the cause of the crash to human error.
The families of the victims took the case to an appeals court, which found in 2021 that there was sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial.
The standpoint of both Air France and Airbus remains that they were not criminally negligent in the accident. They each face a maximum fine of 225,000 euros ($220,000), and court proceedings have commenced already.
It remains clear that Airbus is progressing well in its deliveries and could achieve anywhere between 500-600 deliveries by year-end, which isn’t bad going given the global downturn.
However, these numbers have been dampened due to the beginning of the AF477 lawsuit, which will no doubt send them some negative attention their way, irrespective of the outcome.
Either way, it’s going to be something interesting to watch, especially if Airbus is found to be more guilty than Air France in the causing of that crash.