Airbus has published its November 2023 delivery data, indicating that the planemaker is on track to reach its total annual target after 64 planes were delivered to 40 different customers last month.
When Airbus published its nine-month update to September 2023, Airbus Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Guillaume Faury, sounded relatively optimistic that the company would reach its target of “around” 720 deliveries by the end of 2023.
With November 2023 results now in, Airbus currently stands on 623 deliveries and therefore needs another 97 aircraft to reach customers in the final month of the year.
“We’ve delivered 71 planes in October. So, what we have to deliver for November and December this year is similar to what we did a year ago. So, it is indeed a big quarter, but we see we have part of that quarter already behind us with our performance in October. We think we are well placed for November and visibility for December. That’s why we feel like we are in a good place to confirm the guidance of around 720 planes in 2023,” Faury told Bloomberg on November 8, 2023.
According to Reuters, on average in the past three years Airbus has delivered 93 planes in December.
Airbus also confirmed that it added 113 gross orders to its books, including a repeat order for 30 more A220 aircraft from airBaltic at the Dubai Airshow 2023.
Another order at the Dubai Airshow came from Emirates as the airline purchased an additional 15 Airbus A350-900 widebodies.
Airbus also received an order for 60 A320neo family aircraft from leasing firm SMBC Aviation Capital on November 21, 2023.
This total is just 25 airframes short of its revised annual target of 375-400 units targeted for the year.
Boeing has yet to confirm its final figures for November 2023 until December 13, 2023, when it will release the month’s total orders and delivery numbers.