Despite the difficulties caused by interruptions in the world’s supply chains, Toulouse-based Airbus has accelerated its October deliveries to reach 495 aircraft delivered thus far this year.
The company is certain that it will reach its target of 700 deliveries by year's end after delivering an excellent 60 aircraft in October, up from 55 the month before.
Positive October figures
Including one A220-100, four A220-300, 21 A320neo, 26 A321neo, one A330-300, two A330neo, four A350-900, and one A350-1000, Airbus delivered 60 aircraft to 38 customers in October.
One prominent airline client was Taiwan-based STARLUX, which became the newest global operator of the aircraft type after receiving its first-ever Airbus A350-900.
Last month, Airbus increased its monthly deliveries, but the company also received many orders for aircraft—177 to be exact.
The International Airlines Group (IAG), which confirmed orders for 31 A320neos and 28 A321neos, placed the majority of the orders.
The following bulk purchase, for 25 more A320neo and 15 more A321neo, was approved for Xiamen Airlines.
The final orders were placed by Air Canada for 15 A220-300s, Jet2 for 35 A320neos, and an unnamed customer for 28 A321neos.
In total, Airbus supplied 497 aircraft to 72 customers this year after taking into account the 14 cancellations in October and the deliveries.
For the rest of the year, optimism
However, after subtracting two Aeroflot deliveries that were postponed because of Russian sanctions, the ultimate figure came to 495.
Airlines have raised concerns about aircraft delivery delays as a result of Airbus’ inability to accelerate production further due to labour shortages and supply chain difficulties.
Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus, stated that the company is optimistic about attaining its goal, particularly given that it is now receiving a consistent supply of engines.
Regardless of whether Airbus meets its 700 aircraft handover goal for 2022, the manufacturer has already experienced success thanks to the steady flow of orders.
This year, Airbus overcame Boeing to win over a number of Chinese airlines, giving it significant victories against Boeing.
Despite the fact that Airbus has dominated the competition for the majority of this year, anything might change in the following two months.
It would be interesting to watch which planemaker ultimately succeeds.
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