The UK aerospace sector is on track to surpass the lofty heights of a record 2016 after a positive start to 2017.
According to ADS, the trade body for aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, the UK industry has made a solid start to the year, recording deliveries of 100 aircraft in February, with a value of up to £2bn to the UK economy.
The total delivered to customers this year so far is 169 aircraft - four under the total achieved in the first two months of last year, which was a record total, and major aircraft firms will look to rise their production rates as the year goes on.
Current forecasts expect the final year total for commercial aircraft deliveries to be 1,528, ahead of 2016's 1,443, with the demand for aircraft unrelenting.
Orders of 43 aircraft recorded during the month helped to keep the number of aircraft on manufacturers' order books at the third-highest level recorded for civil aerospace.
Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS group, said: “Today’s figures demonstrate continued success for the UK aerospace industry and good prospects for the rest of 2017. The industry is looking to build on 2016’s record year for deliveries, as all major aircraft companies look to increase their production rates."
Everitt also acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations, with Theresa May set to trigger Article 50 on 29 March.
“It will be vital for industry and government to work together to secure a good deal, one that gives companies in our sectors the confidence to invest and create more high value jobs in every region of the UK," Everitt said.