Airbus has reviewed its key statistics from 2023, with a headline figure being its delivery of 735 commercial aircraft to 87 customers around the world last year (see table below). The aircraft manufacturer says this figure, which is 11% higher than its 2022 figure, demonstrates “strong performance despite a complex operating environment”.
Airbus’s Commercial Aircraft operations registered 2,319 gross new orders (2,094 net) in 2023, which took its year-end backlog to 8,598 aircraft.
Christian Scherer, the newly appointed CEO for Airbus’s Commercial Aircraft operations, said of the positive developments: “We originally anticipated aviation to recover [from the pandemic downturn] sometime in the 2023-2025 timeframe, but what we saw in 2023 was, alongside the single-aisle market, widebody returned much sooner than expected, and with vigour“.
“A big thumbs up to our commercial and regional teams, and importantly, a big thank you to our customers for their trust and partnership. We have never sold as many A320s or A350s in any given year, not to mention welcoming seven new customers for the A350-1000. Travel is back and there is serious momentum!” added Scherer. “I’m proud to say there are now 735 more fuel-efficient Airbus jets flying today, paving the way to our lower carbon future. It’s the orders we win today that will support us in investing in innovative and even more sustainable solutions tomorrow.”
Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, was similarly buoyed by the results. “2023 was a landmark year for Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft business, with exceptional sales and deliveries on the upper end of our target,” he said. “A number of factors came together to help us achieve our goals, including the increased flexibility and capability of our global industrial system, as well as the strong demand from airlines to refresh their fleets with our most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft. This is a remarkable achievement. My thanks go to our customers, supplier partners and all the Airbus teams who made it happen.”
The 2023 full year financial results will be disclosed on 15th February, 2024.
Full aircraft fleet deliveries for 2023