PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus has started informing airlines of a delivery delay of several months for aircraft expected at the end of 2024 and in 2025 due to persistent supply problems, industry sources said on Friday.
“We are in constant dialogue with our customers. We always work in a complex environment,” said an Airbus spokesperson who declined to comment on the delivery forecast.
Airbus started the year with a 50% increase in deliveries for the month of January compared to the same period last year, which was marked by parts shortages and bottlenecks.
However, the supply of engines and other components remains relatively limited and the shortage of planes to meet the recovery in demand could last for years, say speakers at the Airline Economics conference held last week at Dublin.
Many single-aisle planes from Airbus and Boeing are already entering service “a year late, nine months late, eight months late. This is rather the norm today”, commented the president at the conference. -Air Lease CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy.
Airbus exceeded its delivery target last year with 735 aircraft. Jefferies analysts expect the European group to announce that it is targeting around 800 deliveries for 2024 when it publishes its results on February 15.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher, French version by Kate Entringer)
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