Airbus has reported a record-breaking month, ending 2017 with orders in December alone for 841 aircraft, the highest monthly intake in company history and largely dominated by its single-aisle offerings.
The new business at year-end was made up of 828 bookings for the manufacturer’s A320neo and ceo family, 13 A330s (eight of which will be produced in the A330-900neo configuration), and five A330-200s (to be converted for military service).
Activity during December was led by three triple-digit A320 family orders: the confirmation of Wizz Air’s 146-aircraft booking (for 74 A321neo and 72 A320neo), 100 A320neo and 34 A321neo jets for Frontier Airlines, and Delta Airlines’ 100 A321neo and five A321ceo versions.
Taking December order cancellations into account, Airbus’ net orders for the month totalled 776 aircraft, it said, bringing the overall total of orders for the full year 2017 to 1,109 aircraft, compared to 731 in 2016.
It also delivered 127 aircraft in December to 50 customers, another all-time high for the company. These consisted of 105 A320 family aircraft (including 47 in the neo configuration), 12 A330s, nine A350 WXBs and one A380.
As of 31 December, Airbus’ overall backlog stood at 7,265 aircraft, valued at US$1,059 trillion at list prices.
Airbus’ commercial aircraft deliveries for 2017 were up for the 15th year in a row, with a new company record of 718 aircraft, up 4% on the previous record of 688 set the previous year.
This total was made up of 558 single-aisle A320 family aircraft (of which 181 were A320neos – an increase of 166% over 2016), 67 A330s, 78 A350 XWBs and 15 A380s.
“A new Airbus delivery record coupled with our fifth best order intake wraps up a remarkable year for us,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus chief operating officer and president commercial aircraft.
The manufacturer has built on deliveries, with 15 consecutive years of production increase. From its four A320 family plants in Hamburg, Tianjin, Mobile and Toulouse, Airbus says it is on track to achieve a rate of 60 per month for single-aisle aircraft by mid-2019.
Looking ahead, the manufacturer has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 2% across the product line from 1 January 2018.