Airbus managed to exceed its full-year target of 600 aircraft deliveries, handing over a total of 611 jets last year.

The airframer achieved the total after delivering 93 aircraft in December – the highest number of any month in 2021.

Among the aircraft transferred last year was the final A380 to roll off the production line. It was delivered to Emirates, the largest customer for the type.

Along with five A380s the deliveries over the year included 55 A350s, 18 A330s, 483 A320-family jets and 50 A220s.

In the previous year, 2020, the airframer delivered 566 aircraft.

Airbus secured net orders for 507 aircraft over the course of 2021.

It recorded orders in December for 116 aircraft from US lessor Air Lease – an agreement unveiled at the Dubai air show – plus an initial 40 A320-family jets for lessor Aviation Capital Group.

Eleven A350 freighters were among the December order figures, comprising four for logistics firm CMA CGM and seven for Air Lease. Carlyle Aviation Partners rounded off the month’s figures with an order for a single A220-300.

“Our commercial aircraft achievements in 2021 reflect the focus and resilience of our Airbus teams, customers, suppliers and stakeholders across the globe who pulled together to deliver remarkable results,” says Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury.

“While uncertainties remain, we are on track to lift production through 2022 to meet our customers’ requirements.”

Emirates A380 MSN272-c-Airbus

Source: Airbus

Emirates received the final A380 built, MSN272, during 2021