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To be continued today … Airbus – Boursorama


In terms of the number of aircraft, Airbus recorded a “book-to-bill” ratio of orders and invoices greater than one. At the end of 2021, the Airbus order book stood at 7,082 aircraft. (Photo credits: Unsplash – Geraud Gordias)

(AOF) – It’s now official. Airbus has indeed exceeded its target for commercial aircraft deliveries in 2021. The group has indeed delivered 611 aircraft to 88 customers last year (against a target of 600). This represents an increase of 8% compared to 2020. A performance which testifies to the group’s resilience and its ability to navigate between the restrictions accompanying the Covid-19 pandemic and the difficulties observed in the supply chains.

The A320 family is once again in the spotlight, with 483 aircraft delivered (against 446 in 2020), followed by the A350 family (55 deliveries, against 59 in 2020) and the A220 (50 aircraft delivered, after 38 in 2020).

In 2021, Airbus also doubled its gross order intake compared to 2020, with 771 new sales (507 net) across all programs and market segments.

In detail, the A220 has won 64 new firm gross orders and several high-level engagements from some of the world’s leading airlines. The A320neo family, for its part, recorded 661 new gross orders. In the widebody segment, Airbus won 46 new gross orders including 30 A330s and 16 A350s, including 11 for the new A350F, which also secured 11 additional commitments.

In terms of the number of aircraft, Airbus recorded a “book-to-bill” ratio of orders and invoices greater than one. At the end of 2021, the Airbus order book stood at 7,082 aircraft.

“Our achievements in the commercial aircraft business in 2021 reflect the concentration and resilience of the Airbus teams, our customers, our suppliers and our stakeholders around the world, who have mobilized to achieve these remarkable results”, commented Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus.

“Significant orders from airlines around the world were signed during the year, demonstrating confidence in the sustainable growth of air transport beyond the Covid crisis,” added the leader.

The next meeting for Airbus will be the publication of its 2021 financial results on February 17. Airbus expects adjusted EBIT of € 4.5 billion and free cash flow before mergers and acquisitions and customer financing of € 2.5 billion.

On the occasion of its annual results, Airbus may unveil its guidance for 2022. “Although uncertainties remain, we are on track to increase our production during the year 2022 in order to meet the requirements of our customers. at the same time, we are preparing for the future of aviation by transforming our industrial capacities and by implementing our roadmap for the decarbonisation of the aviation sector “, declared Guillaume Faury.

= / Key points / =
-Aeronautical manufacturer co-world leader with Boeing, born in 1949 under the name of Aerospace, diversified in satellites;
– Turnover of € 49.9 billion, drawn from civil aircraft at 67%, from defense & space activities at 21% and at 12% from helicopters;
– Order book of € 373 billion, 29% from Asia-Pacific, 30% from Europe, 21% from North America, 9% from the Middle East and 5% from Latin America;
– Business model of offering aeronautical and space solutions that are safe and respectful of the environment, with a strong commitment to society and public services;
– Open-ended capital with strong positions in the French, German (11% each) and Spanish (4%) States, the 9-member board of directors being chaired by René Obermann, Guillaume Faury being CEO;
– Financial situation supported by public finances, liquidity at the end of June amounting to nearly € 34 billion.

= / Issues / =
– “Next Chapter” initiative based on 3 pillars – simplification, strengthening and growth – and aimed at creating a more profitable, more resilient company and a leader in the decarbonisation of the industry;
– Innovation strategy integrated into the business model and supported by € 2.9 billion in R&D:
– “Fast-Track” roadmap prioritizing electrification, industrial systems, connectivity, autonomy, equipment and artificial intelligence,
– “CRT” organization focused on breakthrough technologies, associated with external partnerships,
– structuring: E-Fan Family, ATTOL Fello’Fly, ACIC, TELEO, .ACUBED, BIZ Lab…;
– Environmental strategy with the ambition to become n ° 1 in carbon-free aviation:
– design of a “ZEROe” aircraft with hybrid-hydrogen fuel,
– integration into the reporting of emissions issued by customers,
– launch of 2 hydrogen engine development centers in France and Germany,
– High5 + initiative to reduce emissions and waste during the production process;
– Ramping up of the A320 Family and A350 freighter.

= / Challenges / =
– Expectation for 2023, or even 2025, of the resumption of air traffic to 2019 levels;
– Stock market sensitivity to order intake, type A321 by Delta Airlines;
– Evolution of the legal file opposing the group to the German OHB;
– Impact of the pandemic: 30% increase in turnover at the end of June and return to net profitability – € 2.2 billion -, boosted by the rebound in sales in civil aeronautics;
– 2021 objectives, noted: delivery of 600 civil aircraft, operating profit of 4.5 billion euros and free cash flow of 2.5 billion euros;
– Cancellation of the 2020 dividend

The long way to the plane of the future
European Commissioner Thierry Breton wants to launch an alliance for “zero emission aviation” in order to prepare the necessary investments, identify possible obstacles and promote public-private partnerships. This alliance would be part of the European “Destination 2050” roadmap, with in particular the commitment to reduce CO2 emissions from air transport by 50%. The launch by Airbus of a first “zero emission” airliner from 2035 will be one of the flagship projects. A clear framework for the use of commercial aircraft operating on 100% biomass fuels, called biofuel, or hydrogen must be established. According to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the devices are currently only certified to fly with 50% biofuel.



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