PARIS, France: Airbus delivered over 600 aircraft to customers in 2021, according to industry sources.
Earlier this week, Reuters reported that Airbus exceeded its full-year target of 600 deliveries, leading U.S. rival Boeing.
With Airbus sure of surpassing its 2021 target by some 11 new aircraft, it is now focusing on narrow-body production and deliveries in 2022, as the aviation industry works to repair a weakened supply chain.
Industry sources noted that the purchase of galleys and seats are most affected by shipping delays and chip shortages, with some aircraft due for delivery in 2022 now expected to be a few months late in reaching customers. One source said some deliveries might not be fulfilled until 2023.
While Airbus has not said how many aircraft will be delivered in 2022, it is expected to be higher than 2021, said analysts.
In October, Airbus increased its A320-family narrow-body production target to 65 per month by summer 2023.
In May 2022, Airbus will ask all suppliers to ensure that the company can deliver 64 aircraft per month by the second quarter of 2023, from a targeted rate of 45 in the fourth quarter of 2021.