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PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus delivered 66 jets in November, leaving itself a near-record problem of 137 in December to satisfy its 2022 objective, though it has not excluded the chance that the goal shall be trimmed, trade sources mentioned.
The world’s largest planemaker has delivered an estimated 563 planes this yr, the sources mentioned, up from 497 between January and end-October, or 495 after adjusting for 2 deliveries blocked by Russian sanctions.
An Airbus spokesperson declined touch upon the November estimate, which is topic to inside audit.
A late surge pushed November increased than initially anticipated however didn’t elevate doubts over the 2022 goal of “round 700” with weeks to go earlier than the tip of the yr, the sources mentioned. The earlier December file of 138, seen in 2019, was achieved earlier than COVID-19 put heavy pressure on provide chains.
One trade supply mentioned the corporate had all however given up hope of reaching its key revenue-driving goal. “They’ve too many issues,” the supply mentioned, asking to not be named.
Airbus will announce November deliveries on Dec. 8, which can be seen as the chance to announce any replace to end-year objectives. Two sources mentioned this had not been dominated out, whereas noting Airbus has a sample of constructive surprises at end-year. On Tuesday, Chief Government Guillaume Faury appeared to tie the goal to the efficiency within the last days of November. Requested whether or not Airbus stood by its 2022 goal, he declined direct remark however mentioned he would have a clearer image by end-November and warned the provision chain atmosphere “stays very complicated”.