Airbus managed to increase its deliveries of commercial aircraft in October by sending an additional 71 jets to its customers in October. In 2023, the European aircraft manufacturer reached 559 deliveries.
This is a volume 12.5% higher than that of 2022 (January to October) and which leaves the company with some margin to reach the target of 720 aircraft to be delivered in the year.
Therefore, there are 161 planes left to be delivered in two months, less than the 166 jets that Airbus sent between November and December 2022.
However, there are persistent problems in the production chain, especially in relation to the Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, used by the A320neo family.
Despite this, it was the A321neo, its most ordered model in history, that pushed the numbers up. As of last month, Airbus had delivered 250 aircraft of the type, 55 more than in 2022.
The A220-300, in turn, has already had more deliveries in 2023 than in the entirety of last year, with an increase of 45.5%.
Airbus’ most popular aircraft in operation, the A320 has had the same number of deliveries so far (250), only as the new A320neo version.
Among wide-body jets, deliveries are slightly down, with 67 aircraft compared to 71 delivered in 2022. Airbus managed to deliver more A330-900s, but lost the advantage with the decrease of the A350-900 deliveries.
Last year, the planemaker also recorded some deliveries of the first generation A330 and also the A330-800, currently the aircraft with the fewest orders in the backlog.
Given the level of aircraft dispatched until October, Airbus maintained its delivery guidance in 2023.