Airbus Deliveries Increase To 142 In Q1

Daniel Fowkes
10 Apr 2024
· Aircraft 
Airbus has reported significant increases in deliveries for Q1, with many orders recorded as it continues to race ahead of Boeing.

Airbus has reported a considerable jump in deliveries for the first quarter of the 2024 calendar year. Total deliveries jumped 12% year over year.

During the first quarter, the manufacturer says it successfully delivered 142 aircraft, considerably up from the troubled Boeing, which only managed 83.

The deliveries included 128 single-aisle aircraft spread across aircraft types such as the A220, A320neo, and A321neo series. Seven deliveries were registered for the A330 series, all for the A330-900, and seven were also recorded for the A350 family.

In March, Airbus recorded 63 deliveries to 32 customers, with gross orders totalling 137. This represents a solid month with orders after a relatively slow start to the calendar year.

The manufacturer’s order tally was boosted significantly thanks to a purchase from Korean Air for 33 Airbus A350 family aircraft, including 27 A30-1000s and 6 A350-900s. The purchase, unveiled some time ago, was formally signed on 29 March and is an essential step in the airline’s preparations to integrate Asiana Airlines into the business.

Indigo returned with 10 additional Airbus A320neos, which came through on the plane makers’ books on 15 March. Meanwhile, other notable orders included American Airlines committing to 85 A321neo jets to boost its single-aisle offering.

Starlux also confirmed they’d acquire three further A330-900s and purchase 5 of the upcoming A350F to enhance their freight offering when the aircraft launched.

Ultimately, during March, there was more than double the number of transactions as in the first months of the year. This should continue as more companies look to secure aircraft for their future across several aircraft programs.

Securing Aircraft Now

Analysts have long warned about the risks of not placing an aircraft order now, as popular series are in high demand and delivery slots are rapidly filling up.

Major airlines capable of ordering aircraft now are doing so and, in some cases, returning in sheer numbers. These orders are placed to secure a portfolio of aircraft suitable enough to meet the forecasted demand into the late 2020s and early 2030s.

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