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2 minute read - 30th April 2024

Global aircraft backlog at record high in Q1 2024

Global aircraft orders have continued to gain momentum, according to the latest data from UK aerospace trade association ADS Group. Its latest report also highlights challenges with production capacity, causing a downward trend (year-on-year) in aircraft deliveries.

In Q1 2024, a total of 301 aircraft orders were placed, representing a 9% improvement compared to the first quarter of 2023. ADS data also shows that the number of aircraft on backlog order is 17% ahead of 2023, at 15,812. Notably, there are 30,000 aircraft engines on firm order.

The latest report from ADS does not present an overall positive picture, however. The 227 aircraft delivered in Q1 2024 is 12% less than the same quarter of 2023, reflective of production capacity challenges and delivery delays which the industry has been reporting since mid-2023.

Global aircraft orders have continued to gain momentum with a record 15,812 aircraft in the backlog and over 30,000 aircraft engines on firm order / Picture: Getty/iStock/LIVINUS

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Aimie Stone, chief economist at ADS, said: “At this stage of the year, it’s notable but not hugely concerning to see these year-on-year dips in the aircraft market. Industry is not complacent. Challenges associated with rate ramp ups alongside growing skills challenges, supply chain issues, regulatory matters and delivery delays will continue to have an impact. As highlighted in the ADS Manifesto 2024, in order to effectively combat growing global instability, the UK government must fortify its commitment to our supply chains, form an active – and close – collaboration council with industry, and work across borders to strengthen our trade and export strategy.

“Moving throughout 2024, further aircraft announcements primarily hinge on major international events – including potential changes in administrations in the UK and US. Politics notwithstanding, we would actively anticipate a number of new regulatory and order book announcements at the upcoming Farnborough International Airshow.”

ADS Group is the trade association for the aerospace, defence, security and space industries, representing over 1,300 members.

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