2023 was a record-breaking year for Aircraft orders, says ADS

Posted on 30 Jan 2024 by The Manufacturer

2023 marked a record breaking year for aircraft orders, with deliveries reaching a five-year high, according to the latest figures from ADS, the trade association for the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

3,850 aircraft orders placed in 2023 is a global record for commercial aircraft, according to ADS records which began in 2010.

Deliveries of new aircraft reached 1,265 in 2023, marking an 11 percent increase on 2022 figures, at the highest delivery pace since 2018 – a further indication of growth in the buoyant aviation sector.

Following five months of consecutive growth, a backlog of 15,753 is the largest on record, a 16 percent increase year on year, and far above the annual growth trends seen in recent years. The current backlog is estimated to be worth at least £244bn to the UK at current production rates and aircraft prices, and represents almost thirteen years’ worth of work.

91 per cent increase in orders year on year

ADS figures highlight that aircraft orders increased 91 percent in 2023 compared to 2022, with single aisle aircraft orders increasing 78 per cent and wide body orders rising 169 per cent respectively.

352 aircraft cancellations in 2023 is the fewest in a year since 2018 as the demand for new aircraft and deliveries continue to grow.

ADS Outlook: Best Q4 for aircraft deliveries since 2018 reflects continued strength of our sector, need to combat challenges

Commenting on these announcements, Aimie Stone, Chief Economist at ADS said: “With a record-breaking year, December 2023 saw the highest order books for the month since 2017, alongside the largest deliveries. This stronger than expected December signals the best on record Q4 for both orders and deliveries since 2018.

“This surge in activity sees deliveries surpass the ADS forecast, highlighting the continued buoyancy of the sector and defiance against supply chain challenges. As we head into a Farnborough International Airshow year, domestic and international attention will be elevated on the sector to continue this record growth and the ability of the supply chain to meet demand.”

Minister for Industry and Economic Security Nusrat Ghani MP said:  “Delivering on growing the economy is one of the Prime Minister’s key economic priorities. As Aerospace Minister, I am absolutely thrilled to see that the aerospace sector has had such a record-breaking year for orders and deliveries, helping us well on the way to achieving our goal with orders up 91% year on year.”

“The UK aerospace sector is world-leading and this is yet another vote of confidence in our work. We’re growing the economy and supporting highly-skilled, high-wage careers across the UK, at the same time as boosting the name of UK PLC around the world.”

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