By Mauro Orru 
 

Airbus SE delivered more aircraft than expected last year, retaining its crown as the world's biggest commercial-aircraft maker.

The European plane maker said Monday that it had delivered 611 commercial aircraft in 2021, above its full-year target of 600 and an improvement on the 566 jets it delivered in 2020.

December deliveries amounted to 93 aircraft, compared with 58 in November and 36 in October.

The result means Airbus remains the world's biggest commercial-aircraft maker. Through November, its main rival Boeing Co. had delivered 302 aircraft to customers. Boeing hasn't yet reported deliveries for the full year.

"The year saw significant orders from airlines worldwide, signaling confidence in the sustainable growth of air travel post-Covid" Airbus Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said.

"While uncertainties remain, we are on track to lift production through 2022 to meet our customers' requirements. At the same time, we are preparing the future of aviation, transforming our industrial capabilities and implementing the roadmap for decarbonization," Mr. Faury added.

Airbus also said Monday that it had booked 771 gross new commercial orders last year.

 

Write to Mauro Orru at mauro.orru@wsj.com; @MauroOrru94

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 10, 2022 12:26 ET (17:26 GMT)

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