European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is far from its goal to delivery 800 aircraft in 2018. The total number of orders Airbus has taken this year, though boosted by the finalization of an order from Avolon, is just over ⅓ of the net orders it had in 2017.
Between January and November, Airbus delivered 673 aircraft. A number of firsts occurred. The first A321LR was delivered to Arkia Israeli Airlines, and the first A330neo was delivered to TAP Air Portugal. Yet, to meet its goal of 800 deliveries in 2018, Airbus would have to deliver an average of four aircraft per day through the end of the year. It has 127 deliveries left to fulfill, and, if it fails, its number of year-over-year deliveries will fall for the first time since 2002.
Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm told analysts that reduced production is partially due to production issues and “certain commercial challenges” with the A320neo and A330neo programs.
“In the revised number of the around 780 commercial aircraft, we still target to deliver all of the A330ceos which we are discussing with a customer and also some A380s that are also being discussed with a customer,” Wilhelm said. “This leaves us with a lot to do to deliver on our commitment for the remainder of the year. We are very much focused on the A320neo ramp-up.”
Airbus sold 438 planes through November. When cancellations are accounted for, net orders amount to 380 planes, including 301 single-aisle planes and 79 widebody planes. (For comparison, Airbus received 1109 net orders in 2017.) 290 A320neo family planes; 22 A330neo and 7 A330ceo planes; 36 A350 aircraft; and 14 A380 planes were ordered in 2018.
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