While not coming as a shock, given admissions from Airbus, the plane maker reported lower deliveries than initially targeted. Delivering a total of 661 aircraft to customers globally for the calendar year.
The delivery makeup consisted of 53 in the A220 family, 516 in the A320 family, 32 in the A330 family and 60 in the A350 family.
One of the most notable admissions from the list of deliveries is the world’s largest passenger plane, the A380. Airbus delivered the final aircraft to Emirates in 2021. Since they’ve shut down the production facility and program in favour of other aircraft.
While Airbus could enjoy a year without pandemic-related travel restrictions, it faced supply chain difficulties. The conflict in Ukraine spurred these on. This hampered their business and will hurt them long into 2023.
As a result, 2022 was a year of damage limitation. It saw executives take to conferences to discuss ways to streamline supply chains rather than unveil flashy aircraft orders.
In 2022 we served 84 customers with 661 deliveries, an increase of 8 percent compared to 2021. That’s obviously less than we were targeting but given the complexity of the operating environment I want to thank the teams and our partners for the hard work and the ultimate result. The significant order intake covering all our aircraft families including freighters, reflects the strength and competitiveness of our product line. We continue our ramp-up trajectory to deliver on our backlog.Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer
Airbus reported 1,078 gross orders for the calendar year. This brings its backlog to 7,239 aircraft. It was spurred on by a resurgence in demand and airlines finally being positioned to invest in new aircraft.
Airbus enjoyed great success in its A321 program, which had another strong year. The upcoming launch of the A321XLR backs the series’ success. Meanwhile, their A220 continued to assert itself as a market leader.
Airbus will reveal its financial results on the 16th of February, 2023.