Aircraft production in in UK ‘beating Brexit blues’
The third quarter of 2017 saw deliveries of new civil aircraft reach the highest level ever recorded for the period, with 260 single-aisle and 94 widebodies rolling off production lines, according to new analysis from trade association ADS.
Total value to UK industry from these deliveries is estimated at up to £7 billion, with widebodies forming the largest component at £4 billion to £4.5 billion. The strong three months means 1,018 aircraft were delivered in the first nine months of the year, worth an estimated £20 billion in total to UK companies.
Overall, this year’s deliveries are nine aircraft behind 2016’s record-breaking pace, as the aerospace industry continues to maintain its strong performance, ADS notes.
ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said: “This has been a strong three months for the global aerospace industry and for UK manufacturers.
“Following the annual record for deliveries set in 2016 there has been no slackening in the pace of production this year and we expect to see rates continuing to rise in the years ahead.
“To achieve forecasts of a 40 per cent rise in civil aircraft production by 2020, it is vital that industry and government work together on a UK industrial strategy that ensures this globally competitive, high-productivity sector is as strong as possible.”
Commercial Aircraft Deliveries (Cumulative year-to-date delivery totals, end of month):