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Airbus delivered 611 new aircraft in 2021
Airbus has confirmed it delivered 611 commercial aircraft to 88 customers in 2021, demonstrating resilience and recovery with progress on ramp-up plans.
In 2021, aircraft deliveries comprised 50 A220 family, 483 A320 family, 18 A330 family, 55 A350 family and five A380 aircraft – including the last A380 to be built, which was delivered to Emirates Airline in December. At the end of 2021, Airbus reported a current backlog of 7,082 aircraft.
Airbus is the largest commercial aerospace company in the UK, as well as its biggest civil aerospace exporter. The majority of the wings on Airbus commercial aircraft are designed and built at Broughton in Wales. Each year, Airbus spends in excess of £5bn with UK suppliers, supporting a supply chain comprising more than 2,500 companies.
Guillaume Faury, Airbus chief executive officer, said: “Our commercial aircraft achievements in 2021 reflect the focus and resilience of our Airbus teams, customers, suppliers and stakeholders across the globe who pulled together to deliver remarkable results. The year saw significant orders from airlines worldwide, signaling confidence in the sustainable growth of air travel post-Covid.
“While uncertainties remain, we are on track to lift production through 2022 to meet our customers’ requirements. At the same time, we are preparing the future of aviation, transforming our industrial capabilities and implementing the roadmap for decarbonisation.”
Approximately 25% of commercial aircraft in 2021 were delivered using the established “e-delivery” process, allowing customers to receive their aircraft with minimal need for their teams to travel.
In 2021, Airbus doubled its gross order intake compared to 2020 with 771 new sales (507 net) across all programmes and market segments, signalling renewed market confidence.
The A220 won 64 firm gross new orders and 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.
Airbus says it will report its full-year 2021 financial results on 17 February 2022.