In 2023, Airbus showcased robust performance by delivering 735 commercial aircraft to 87 global customers, overcoming challenges in the operating environment. The Commercial Aircraft business achieved 2,319 gross new orders (2,094 net), resulting in a year-end backlog of 8,598 aircraft.
Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO, hailed 2023 as a landmark year for the Commercial Aircraft business, citing exceptional sales and deliveries at the upper end of their targets. Faury attributed the success to factors such as the enhanced flexibility and capability of the global industrial system, coupled with strong demand from airlines seeking modern and fuel-efficient aircraft. Expressing gratitude, Faury acknowledged customers, supplier partners, and Airbus teams for their contributions.
Christian Scherer, newly appointed CEO, Commercial Aircraft, noted that the aviation recovery, initially anticipated between 2023-2025, exceeded expectations in 2023, particularly in the single-aisle and widebody markets. Scherer commended the commercial and regional teams for their efforts and thanked customers for trust and partnership. Highlighting record sales of A320s and A350s, along with seven new customers for the A350-1000, Scherer emphasized the resurgence of travel and the momentum in the industry. He expressed pride in contributing to a lower carbon future with 735 more fuel-efficient Airbus jets, emphasizing that current orders would support investments in innovative and sustainable solutions for tomorrow.