Airbus retains its crown as the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer in 2022

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Airbus deliveries rose 8% in 2022, allowing the European manufacturer to maintain its crown as the world’s largest aircraft maker for a fourth year, despite being forced to abandon its target of delivering “around 700 aircraft” because of problems with supply chains.

The company said it had delivered, to 84 customers, 663 aircraft or a net total of 661 after taking into account two Aeroflot planes previously caught up in Western sanctions against Russia.

Deliveries included 53 A220 family aircraft, 516 A320s, 32 A330s and 60 A350s.

Airbus made a flight of more than 13 hours with the A321XLR

In terms of orders, Airbus won 1,078 new orders (820 net) across all programs and market segments, including several high-profile commitments from some of the world’s leading airlines.

By program, the A220 won 127 gross new firm orders. The A320neo family won 888 gross new orders. In the widebody segment, Airbus won 63 gross new orders, including 19 A330s and 44 A350s, of which 24 were for the recently launched A350F.

In 2022, U.S. manufacturer Boeing delivered 480 aircraft and won 774 net new orders.

“In 2022 we served 84 customers with 661 deliveries, an 8 percent increase compared to 2021. This is obviously less than we had targeted, but given the complexity of the operating environment, I want to thank the teams and our partners for the hard work and the end result,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO. “The significant order intake, spanning all our aircraft families, including freighters, reflects the strength and competitiveness of our product line. We continue our acceleration trajectory to fulfill our order backlog.”

Airbus’ order backlog at the end of December 2022 totaled 7,239 aircraft.