IndiGo CEO Pieter Elbers (left) with Airbus Commercial Aircraft Managing Director Christian Scherer at the International Air Show of aeronautics and space at Paris-Le Bourget in June 2023.
Airbus' order book of 8,598 aircraft at December 31 ensures many years of production.
The aircraft manufacturer has embarked on a strong ramp-up to respond to this.
It plans to increase its production from 48 A320s each month in 2023 to 75, and from five to ten monthly A350s by 2026.
But the aircraft manufacturer is experiencing persistent difficulties with part of its chain of 18,000 suppliers, some having been weakened by the pandemic, inflation and supply difficulties, which is delaying promised deliveries.
The group nevertheless managed to deliver 735 aircraft to its customers in 2023, slightly exceeding its objective of 720.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Last year, Airbus, which was already counting on 720 aircraft, had to abandon its objectives at the end of the financial year. He ultimately only delivered 661.
Deliveries are a reliable indicator of profitability in aviation because airlines pay the majority of the bill when they take possession of the planes .
It is the orders that we win today that will allow us to invest in innovative and even more sustainable solutions tomorrow, promises Christian Scherer.
Airbus plans to launch a hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2035, therefore emitting no CO2, and is starting to prepare the successor to the A320 for the second half of the 2030s.
A U.S. Transportation Safety Board inspector observes the panel that came off the fuselage of Alaska's 737 MAX 9 Airlines. (Archive photo)
The situation of the European aircraft manufacturer contrasts with that of Boeing.
Its American competitor also saw a jump in its orders (1,314 net orders, 1,456 excluding cancellations and modifications). For this, it relies on the commercial success of the 737 MAX (987 orders) and the long-haul 787 (313 orders).
But the American giant remains mired in production and quality control problems and delivered only 528 devices during the year.
Last week, a piece of fuselage of an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX broke off in mid-flight, without causing any injuries, but once again tarnishing the image of the aircraft. x27;device after two accidents linked to design defects which caused a total of 346 deaths in 2018 and 2019.
The American agency The Civil Aviation Regulatory Authority (FAA) announced on Thursday that it had opened a formal investigation into a possible failure by Boeing.