Airbus reaches 2021 commercial aircraft delivery target
By Jon Robinson
By Jon Robinson
Airbus SE delivered 611 commercial aircraft to 88 customers in 2021, which represents an increase of eight per cent over 2020. The year 2021 also saw Airbus earn 771 gross commercial aircraft orders, 507 net, with 7,082 aircraft in backlog at the end of 2021. In number of aircraft units, Airbus recorded a gross book to bill ratio above one for 2021.
“While uncertainties remain, we are on track to lift production through 2022 to meet our customers’ requirements,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. “At the same time. we are preparing the future of aviation, transforming our industrial capabilities and implementing the roadmap for decarbonisation.”
In 2021, Airbus commercial aircraft deliveries were dominated by the A320 Family, accounting for 483 out of 611 total. A220 Family deliveries increased by approximately 31.5 per cent year over year, from 38 in 2020 to 50 in 2021.
In 2021, Airbus doubled its gross order intake compared to 2020 with 771 new sales (507 net) across all programs and market segments demonstrating the strength of the company’s full product range and signaling renewed market confidence.
The A220 won 64 firm gross new orders in 2021, including what Airbus describes as several high-profile commitments from some of the world’s leading carriers. The A320neo Family won 661 gross new orders. In the widebody segment, Airbus won 46 gross new orders including 30 A330s and 16 A350s of which 11 were for the newly launched A350F which also won an additional 11 commitments.