Airbus soared to success in 2023, delivering an impressive 735 commercial aircraft to 87 global customers amidst a challenging operating environment.
With 2,319 gross new orders and a net total of 2,094, the Commercial Aircraft business achieved a remarkable year-end backlog of 8,598 aircraft.
The notable success included record sales of A320s and A350s, with seven new customers for the A350-1000.
The brand emphasized the pivotal role these fuel-efficient Airbus jets play in paving the way for a lower carbon future, highlighting the importance of current orders in supporting future innovative and sustainable solutions. .
Describing 2023 as a landmark year for Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft business with exceptional sales and deliveries on the upper end of it’s target, Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO declared: “A number of factors came together to help us achieve our goals, including the increased flexibility and capability of our global industrial system, as well as the strong demand from airlines to refresh their fleets with our most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft. “This is a remarkable achievement. My thanks goes to our customers, supplier partners and all the Airbus teams who made it happen.”
For Christian Scherer, Airbus’ newly appointed CEO, Commercial Aircraft; “We originally anticipated aviation to recover sometime in the 2023-2025 timeframe, but what we saw in 2023 was, alongside the single-aisle market, widebody return much sooner than expected, and with vigour.
“A big thumbs up to our commercial and regional teams, and importantly, a big thank you to our customers for their trust and partnership. We have never sold as many A320s or A350s in any given year, not to mention welcoming seven new customers for the A350-1000. Travel is back and there is serious momentum.
“I’m proud to say there are now 735 more fuel-efficient Airbus jets flying today, paving the way to our lower carbon future. It’s the orders we win today that will support us in investing in innovative and even more sustainable solutions tomorrow”, Christian added
Full aircraft fleet deliveries for 2023
After a reduction of two aircraft (2 A350-900 AEROFLOT) previously recorded as sold in December 2021 for which a transfer was not possible due to international sanctions against Russia.
Airbus however said the 2023 full year Financial Results will be disclosed on February 15, 2024.