Airbus Reports Successful Year in 2022 with Increased Deliveries and Strong New Orders
Airbus, the European aerospace giant, had a successful year in 2022, delivering 661 commercial aircraft to 84 customers and registering 1,078 gross new orders. Despite facing challenges in the operating environment, the company was able to increase its deliveries by 8 percent compared to the previous year. Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer, acknowledged the difficulty of the operating environment but expressed gratitude to the teams and partners for their hard work and the ultimately positive outcome.
“In 2022 we served 84 customers with 661 deliveries, an increase of 8 percent compared to 2021. That’s obviously less than we were targeting but given the complexity of the operating environment I want to thank the teams and our partners for the hard work and the ultimate result. The significant order intake covering all our aircraft families including freighters, reflects the strength and competitiveness of our product line. We continue our ramp-up trajectory to deliver on our backlog.”Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer
Increase in Deliveries
The A220 Family saw an increase from 50 in 2021 to 53 in 2022, the A320 Family increased from 483 to 516, the A330 Family increased from 18 to 32, and the A350 Family increased from 55 to 60. The A380, however, and as expected, saw no deliveries in 2022. The total number of deliveries was 661, after a reduction of two aircraft (2 A350-900 AEROFLOT) which were previously recorded as sold in December 2021 but could not be transferred due to international sanctions against Russia.
Strong New Orders
Airbus also had a strong year in terms of new orders. Winning 1,078 new orders (820 net) across all programs and market segments. This includes several high-profile commitments from leading global carriers. On a per-program basis, the A220 won 127 firm gross new orders, the A320neo Family won 888 gross new orders, and in the wide-body segment, Airbus won 63 gross new orders, including 19 A330s and 44 A350s of which 24 were for the newly launched A350F. The company’s net book-to-bill ratio was significantly above one, indicating strong demand for its products.
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Airbus A320neo-Family Celebrates Milestone as A321XLR Takes First Flight from Hamburg Airport
In 2022, Airbus Achieved a Milestone with the Success of the A320neo-Family. The A321XLR made its maiden flight from the Airbus facility in Hamburg. Out of its global production network in Hamburg, Mirabel, Mobile, Tianjin, and Toulouse, Airbus delivered a total of 516 A320-family aircraft.
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Qantas Group’s Project Sunrise Takes Flight with Order of 12 A350-1000s from Airbus
Qantas Group announced that it will be ordering 12 A350-1000s as part of its ‘Project Sunrise’ which aims to operate the longest commercial flights linking Sydney and Melbourne with destinations such as London and New York. The agreement was made official at an event in Sydney, where Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International Christian Scherer were in attendance. In addition to the continued success of the A350 passenger aircraft, Airbus also secured 24 orders for the newly launched A350F Freighter version.
2022 Welcomes New Operators to the A330neo Family
Several new operators joined the family of A330neo users, such as Starlux, Air Greenland, and Condor. The latest version of the A330neo brings a significant reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, aligning with Airbus’ commitment to making air transportation more sustainable. In addition to passenger versions, the A330 Family also serves as a modern widebody freighter, corporate jet, and is utilized by military forces worldwide in its Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) variants.
Airbus Achieves Milestone with the Delivery of 220th A220 to JetBlue in 2022
In 2022, Airbus reached an important milestone as it delivered the 220th A220 aircraft, an A220-300, to JetBlue. This achievement comes six years after the first A220, an A220-100, was delivered to launch operator SWISS International Air Lines. The A220 incorporates state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials, and the latest technologies and engines, with a range of up to 3,450nm (6,390km) and an excellent environmental performance.
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Airbus Logs Strong Recovery from Covid-Crisis with Focus on Single-Aisle Market in 2022
Airbus experienced a strong recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, with a particular emphasis on the single-aisle market. The company received a total of 1078 orders, including 127 for the A220, 888 for the A320-family, 19 for the A330neo, and 44 for the A350. The delivery figures reflect the trend towards fleet modernization. In total, Airbus delivered 661 aircraft from its global commercial aircraft production network and sites in Hamburg, Mirabel, Mobile, Tianjin and Toulouse.
The 2022 full-year financial results will be disclosed on February 16, 2023. These numbers show that Airbus has remained a major player in the commercial aerospace industry, delivering a significant number of aircraft while also securing a significant number of new orders. With a backlog of 7,239 aircraft and a strong net book-to-bill ratio, the company appears well positioned for continued success in the future.
In conclusion, Airbus had a successful year in 2022, with an 8% increase in deliveries, a significant number of new orders, and a strong net book-to-bill ratio. The company’s backlog of 7,239 aircraft suggests a bright future. The 2022 full-year financial results will be announced on February 16th, 2023.
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Air Algérie Airbus Order: A330-900s and A350-1000s Join the Fleet
In a substantial stride forward, Air Algérie, Algeria’s flagship airline, recently confirmed an Airbus order for seven widebody aircraft. This move not only underscores its deep-rooted association with Airbus but also paves the way for its ambitious commercial growth.
A330neo and A350-1000: Powering Air Algérie’s Airbus Order
Central to Air Algérie’s Airbus order are the A330neo and the A350-1000. Incorporating these aircraft into the fleet promises flexibility, efficiency, and lower operating costs, including a 25% reduction in fuel burn per seat.
Both these aircraft are equipped with the award-winning Airspace cabin, known for its superior comfort and ambiance. Increased personal space, expanded overhead bins, state-of-the-art lighting system, and access to the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems are notable features.
Spotlight on A330neo and A350
The A330neo and A350 are prominent members of the Airbus widebody family. The A330neo, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, boasts a non-stop flight range of 7,200 nm / 13,334 km. As of April 2023, the A330 Family had amassed 1,775 firm orders from 130 global customers, signifying its popularity in the short and medium-haul market.
The A350, a modern long-haul aircraft, runs on Rolls-Royce’s innovative Trent XWB engines. Capable of non-stop flights of up to 8,700 nautical miles or 16,100 kilometers, the A350 had garnered 967 firm orders from 54 customers worldwide as of April 2023.
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Looking Ahead: Air Algérie’s Airbus Order and Its Impact
This significant Air Algérie Airbus order is a testament to its commitment to growth and improving passenger experience. With the integration of the A330neo and A350-1000, we eagerly anticipate the airline’s expanded services. What new routes are you most excited about? Share your views in the comments section below!
Airbus Struggles in Q1 2023, Deliveries Fall 9% Compared to Last Year
Airbus is off to a challenging start in 2023, with its Q1 aircraft deliveries down 9% compared to the same period last year. Despite setting a goal of 720 aircraft deliveries for the year, Airbus managed to deliver only 127 in the first quarter. The European manufacturer released its March Orders and Deliveries Report, highlighting 20 orders and 61 deliveries in the month, distributed among 37 customers. The March deliveries included five A220-300s, 26 A320neos, 25 A321neos, three A330-900s, and two A350-900s.
Growing Monthly Production Rate
Airbus has seen a gradual increase in its monthly production rate, with January witnessing 20 aircraft deliveries, followed by 46 in February. In Q1, the company delivered 10 A220-300s, two A319neos, 45 A320neos, 59 A321neos, one A330-200, five A330-900s, and five A350-900s.
However, the widebody segment remains a concern, with only 11 aircraft delivered in Q1, shared between the A330 and A350 models. The sole A330-200 went to Airbus Defence and Space for the NATO fleet. A330neos went to airlines such as Virgin Atlantic (via Air Lease Corporation), Delta Air Lines, and Condor (one via CIT Leasing). A350-900s were received by Singapore Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Starlux Airlines (one via Air Lease Corporation and another directly from Airbus).
Net Orders and the Road Ahead
Airbus secured net orders for 142 aircraft in Q1, with a total of 156 aircraft orders before accounting for 14 cancellations. In the Q1 book are orders from Qatar Airways for 50 A321neos and 23 A350-1000s, representing just over half of the net orders for the quarter. Lufthansa is another significant widebody customer this year, with orders for five A350-900s and 10 A350-1000s. There are also four A350F freighters on order from an undisclosed customer.
Before accounting for cancellations, Airbus received 114 single-aisle aircraft orders in Q1. Of those, 17 are listed as Private or Undisclosed customers, with the identified airlines including Delta Air Lines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Qatar Airways, and British Airways.
Despite the backlog of 7,254 aircraft, Airbus will need to ramp up production capacity quickly to meet its 2023 delivery targets. With 6,604 single-aisle A220 and A320 Family aircraft, 209 A330s, and 441 A350s in backlog, the company has its work cut out for them. The backlog includes 2,293 A320neos, 3,682 A321neos, and 529 A220s.
To help meet this target, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury recently signed a deal to establish a second A320 Final Assembly Line in Tianjin, China. Since the Tianjin line opened in 2008, more than 600 A320 family aircraft have been assembled there, including the first A321neo in March. Airbus aims to reach a monthly production rate of 75 aircraft by 2026 with four A320 final assembly locations in Hamburg (Germany), Mobile (USA), Toulouse (France), and Tianjin (China).
Challenges Ahead for Airbus
Despite the growing monthly production rate and the expansion of assembly lines in China, Airbus must overcome various challenges to achieve its ambitious 2023 delivery target of 720 aircraft. This includes addressing supply chain bottlenecks and managing disruptions caused by the ongoing global situation. In addition, Airbus must ensure that the quality of aircraft production is not compromised in the race to meet its delivery goals.
Overall, while the Q1 2023 figures indicate a slow start for Airbus, the company has shown its determination to ramp up production and meet its delivery targets. The coming months will be crucial in determining whether Airbus can overcome its current challenges and deliver on its promises to customers and stakeholders.
What are your thoughts on Airbus’s chances of meeting its delivery goals this year? Let us know in the comments below!
The Story of the A220, how it Came About and How it’s Becoming Popular
Aside from the fact that the Airbus A220 is the only airbus aircraft to not have a 3 in its name, the A220 is special from the fact that it isn’t fully made by Airbus, but instead a joint venture between them and Bombardier. This is all because of what some might call a mistake made by Boeing, causing Airbus to acquire a 50.01% stake in the company. In this article I explore its controversial creation, and why it’s needed.
The Airbus A220 was first named the “CSeries” by Bombardier, and was meant to cater to the demand of small aircraft in between their current-sized fleet and those larger already made by Airbus and Boeing. The particular area where it was expected to boom were the US markets, given there is always demand to be flying from small airports as there is no lack of them in the large country. At first, things were running smoothly and it was expected to enter commercial service in 2014, just one year after its first flight. However, things turned out not to go as planned, and the CSeries encountered issues on one of its test flights, causing it to miss the Farnborough air show, the largest in the industry, and delay its release. This was not good for the aircraft, nearly causing the project and the company to go bust, until financial aid was provided by the Canadian government.
Boeing’s crucial mistake
Eventually, these problems were fixed, and the first CSeries was delivered to SWISS on June 26, 2016. Eventually, more orders began to come for the new aircraft, including the critical ones in the US. In fact, Bombardier was offering Delta 75 of the aircraft at $20 million a piece, a price which was even lower than the cost to build them, and a cost which was just too good to refuse. However, this was contested and was seen to be Dumping, when a manufacturer essentially gives away its aircraft as sort-of “Samples”, and is illegal in the US and other countries. Boeing was quick to take action, claiming that it was stealing the market from its 737s, despite the fact that Delta had explicitly said that they weren’t looking to purchase the variants that Boeing were claiming to be losing out. It was then decided that, given Bombardier was a foreign company, the US government would impose a 300% import tariff, something near-destructible for the company.
Airbus saves the day
However, Airbus decided to step in and acquire a 50% stake in the company, something beneficial for both parties concerned. This was good for Bombardier, as Airbus has its final assembly station situated in Alabama in the US, meaning that seen as the aircraft technically wasn’t foreign, the import tariff wouldn’t be imposed on it. This would also help Airbus, as it would mean that the company would now profit off of an aircraft which had no competitors at the time. This allowed the aircraft to be reintroduced to the US market, allowing it to thrive.
Where it is now
Now, the CSeries has been re-branded to be the Airbus A220, a move which has knocked it out of the park for the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer. This has allowed airbus to spend absolutely no money on development, and come away with an excellent aircraft, which is dominating its playing field. As of April 2023, 251 aircraft have been delivered, with another 785 firm orders. The airlines operating the aircraft include Delta, JetBlue, SWISS and airBaltic, who operate a fleet solely made up of the A220. When Aviation for Aviators asked their CEO, Martin Gauss, about the aircraft, he said that “The aircraft has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency, and convenience for both passengers and the staff.”
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