Airbus Announces April 2024 Orders & Deliveries

Daniel Fowkes
07 May 2024
· Aircraft 
Airbus celebrates the rollout of the first A350-1000

Airbus has published its orders and deliveries tally for April 2024 and thus provided an update on how it’s tracking across the calendar year.

In April, Airbus welcomed 57 gross orders, with a significant order placed on April 18 for 51 A321neo jets from an undisclosed customer. Other notable order developments for the month included British Airways with the A320neo and A321neo mentioned

Meanwhile, Japan Airlines’ purchase of one additional Airbus A350 was listed as of 26 April. Ultimately, the month saw no orders for the A220, A330neo, or A350F.

For Airbus, the theme of struggling for orders of specific variants in aircraft families is something they’ve been unable to break as interest in the A330-800 continues to be amiss, and the A319neo struggles considerably.

Examining Aircraft Deliveries

Ultimately, April was another successful month for Airbus’s aircraft delivery, with 61 units shipped to 33 customers, one less than the 62 recorded in March.

The A320neo remains a dominant force for Airbus, with significantly higher delivery across these aircraft programs.

Thus far, 2024 has continued the trend seen in 2023, with strong performance for the A321neo across orders and deliveries. As of May 1, 2024, the A321neo has seen 91 deliveries and is, therefore, the aircraft type with the highest number of deliveries for the year.

The A321neo continues to be the best-performing jet for the European manufacturer into 2024 after a highly successful 2023 – Photo: Clemens Vasters

Despite some supply chain struggles that have delayed the delivery of certain aircraft to customers, such as the A350, Airbus has enjoyed a smooth 2024.

Additionally, as Boeing battles significant difficulties, the gap between the two manufacturers in almost every regard only increases month by month. Airbus has claimed the title of the largest aircraft manufacturer for several years, and barring an unforeseen catastrophe; this will continue in 2024 as well.

A Strong Backlog, But A Problem

While Airbus widens the gap with Boeing from several angles, the manufacturer is limited in its ability to stamp its foot down truly.

Analysts argue that Airbus is producing planes as fast as possible and thus cannot keep up with the demand. This demand has only increased following more problems facing Boeing’s ability to meet its backlog.

As more airlines seek to switch their Boeing orders for Airbus, the manufacturer faces further pressure to meet this demand. Because of these pressures, in some cases, Airbus simply cannot offer airlines what they want when they require it.

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