Airbus announced on Thursday that it intends to deliver 720 commercial jets in 2023. The goal is similar to that initially established for 2022, but later adjusted to 700 aircraft – in the end, planemaker managed to deliver only 661 jets, due to the disruption in the chain from suppliers.
The company also reviewed plans to increase the pace of aircraft assembly due to difficulties in producing components.
The A320 family, for example, should reach a monthly production ratio of 65 aircraft at the end of 2024 and 75 aircraft in 2026. The entry into service of the A321XLR model was maintained for the 2nd quarter of 2024.
Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, confirmed that the new A321 assembly line in Toulouse, in place of the A380, is almost ready to start operating.
The widebody A330, which had a production rate raised to around three jets per month, should reach four aircraft per month in 2024.
The A350 family is being produced at a rate of six aircraft per month, but Airbus is studying the feasibility of producing nine of these jets monthly by the end of 2025.
According to the company, this increase reflects “growing demand for widebody aircraft as international air travel recovers”.
Faury further said that orders for 50 A321neos and 23 A350s from Qatar Airways will resume after the two companies reached an amicable agreement on problems with surface degradation of part of their widebodies.
In all, Airbus announced gross revenue of 58.8 billion euros in 2022, up 13%. The consolidated order book reached a level of 449 billion euros at the end of 2022.