Airbus Ahead of Boeing on Deliveries as CEO Warns About Omicron

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Two-thirds of Airbus deliveries in 2021 were A-320 aircraft

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Airbus on Monday said it delivered 611 aircraft in 2021, meeting its target of reaching the 600 mark and overtaking Boeing for the third year in a row as the world’s largest aircraft maker.

The European company said more than two-thirds of last year’s deliveries were for the A-320 line of short- and middle-haul aircraft. in a release,

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Chief executive Guillaume Faury warned of “uncertainties” ahead, but said the group is on track to increase production this year.

At a briefing, Faurey acknowledged that the Omicron version has the potential to “significantly change the picture in China,” where Airbus (ticker AIR: FR) sold more than 20% of its aircraft last year, and where it was an assembly operates the plant. country’s north.

“But at the moment we do not see any disruption or risk that will affect us at a later stage,” the Airbus CEO said.

The group said deliveries increased 8% compared to 2020, and gross new orders (excluding cancellations) doubled to 771 sales. There was a backlog of 7,082 aircraft on order by the end of 2021.

Shares of Airbus were up 0.2% in Paris morning trading. The stock is up more than 30% over the past year.

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