Aviation on track: continued buoyancy in aircraft orders and deliveries


Following a record-breaking first half of 2023, the UK’s aerospace sector continues to be in good health. A new report from ADS, the trade association for aerospace, defence, security and space organisations, highlights 112 aircraft orders placed in July.

The latest report highlights the delivery of 691 aircraft in 2023 to date, with 109 of those aircraft delivered in the month of July. This marks the best July since 2018, as the aerospace sector continues its post-pandemic recovery.

Year to date, 1,179 aircraft orders have been placed, with 112 orders placed in July – a healthy order number following the record-breaking orders made at Paris Airshow in June. So far in 2023, there have been 136 cancellations of aircraft, 68% down compared to 2022 (as a full year), which is an indication of decision makers holding firm on the choices of aircraft previously made.

The backlog of aircraft orders continues to be above pre-pandemic levels and, compared to July 2022, grew 7%, to 14,462 aircraft. At current production rates, the aircraft order backlog represents more than seven years’ worth of work and a value of £219 billion to the UK economy.

With the aircraft order backlog remaining above pre-pandemic levels and continuing to grow, the long aircraft lead times from order to delivery means decision makers can take charge to enhance innovation.

The backlog will enable future aircraft to become more efficient and sustainable, with UK industry having a unique opportunity to identify, accelerate and develop more efficient and sustainable aircraft technologies.”

ADS Group is the UK trade organisation for aerospace, defence, security and space organisations, with more than 1,200 member businesses.

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