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Airbus has remained the world’s largest plane maker for the third year running as it outperformed Boeing by delivering 611 jets in 2021, up 8% from the year before.
A320 family aircraft were unsurprisingly the most delivered planes throughout the year, with 483 deliveries. The A350 was the next most frequently delivered, with 55 handovers. The A220 came in close behind with 50 deliveries, followed by the long-haul A330, with 18 deliveries. With the A380 program ending, only five superjumbos were delivered. Overall, the share of deliveries was essentially similar to the breakdown in 2020.
“First, our industry has demonstrated resilience during the most challenging times of the COVID crisis. Now, again, we have the complexity of the current wave. The result is a tribute to the collaboration in our ecosystem with our customers and our suppliers, as well as other key stakeholders like governments, who have provided continued support to the crisis,” Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury shared in a company press conference.
“The result also underscores the strength of our products in terms of efficiency, in terms of sustainability, and of course, in terms of competitiveness. Finally, it also underpins the unwavering dedication of our teams to deliver on our commitments. So a big thank you goes to all of them.”