Airbus delivered 718 aircraft in 2017, the 15th year in a row Airbus increased its annual deliveries figure.
The total was 4% more than the 688 jets handed over in 2016. The increase came against the background of supply chain issues which have affected deliveries of A320neo Family aircraft and A350 XWBs.
Airbus orders in 2017 totalled 1,109 aircraft net, boosting the company’s backlog to 7,265 aircraft and creating a ‘book-to-bill’ ratio of 1.5.
Airbus says it is on track to raise production on the A350 to ten aircraft a month by the end of 2018, and to achieve rate 60 per month on the A320 Family by mid-2019.