The first month of 2023 saw 58 aircraft deliveries from manufacturers including Airbus and Boeing, a small decrease on the same period in 2022 according to data from UK trade body, ADS.
January’s deliveries included 53 single-aisle airliners such as the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 Max and 5 wide-body aircraft, including Airbus A350 and Boeing 787.
The 6% decrease compared to 2022 is not expected to be a trend this year as manufacturers ramp up production from 2022 rates, which will prompt more deliveries.
Global supply chains are also set to continue improving this year with post-pandemic issues starting to fade away.
Orders for new aircraft in January totalled 92, made up of 70 single-aisle and 22 wide-body aircraft, this total was 19% less than in January 2022 but does fall into expected trends forecast by ADS.
ADS Chief Executive, Kevin Craven said: “The modest global aircraft orders made in January remains in line with our post-pandemic recovery expectations. Deliveries remain stable but below last year, but this is not concerning as January can be a volatile month.
“Throughout 2023, the international aviation and aerospace industries will come together at important events such as the Sustainable Skies World Summit, and Paris Airshow, offering the UK the important opportunity to continue its leadership in the development of net zero aircraft technology.
“Ahead of these events, in the upcoming Spring Budget, I hope the see the Chancellor address the rising cost of doing business which affects UK manufacturer’s ability to deliver on the rate ramp ups. Investing in the UK supply chain is essential to ensure that the global aerospace sector can meet our ambitious decarbonisation goals, and for a sustained post-pandemic recovery to continue.”
January also saw the delivery of the final Boeing 747 to be produced when Atlas Air were handed their last Boeing 747-8F marking an end to four-engine airliner production.