Cape Town - Airbus has excelled in the aviation market by exceeding its targets for 2015 by achieving a new record of 635 aircraft deliveries for 85 customers of which ten are new.
The deliveries comprise of: 491 A320 Family aircraft; 103 A330s; 27 A380s; and 14 A350 XWBs.
The achievement in production means Airbus' aircraft deliveries in 2015 rose for the 13th year in a row. 2014's annual totals only delivered 629 aircrafts. Airbus net orders totalled to 1 036 from 53 customers (including eight new ones) comprising of 897 single-aisle aircrafts and 139 wide-bodies. 2015's year-end overall backlog had grown to a new record of 6 787 aircrafts, valued at $996.3 billion at list prices.
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Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO said, “In 2015 Airbus has also laid firm foundations for the future, increasing the capability and variety of the aircraft which we can offer to our customers.”
Other 2015 achievements for Airbus included the certification of A320neo by the aviation authorities on both sides of the Atlantic just five years after its launch and delivering 14 A350s.
Progress was made on the A35O programme's next variant, the A350-1000 – whose major components and structures are taking shape across various production sites.
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Airbus can also confirm that parts are now in production for the first A330neo - with the machining of its first engine pylon and centre wing box components. Ten years after the flagship A380's first flight, the programme is now breaking even for the first time.
In September 2015, the first Airbus factory in the US opened, at Mobile on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where between 40 and 50 A320 Family aircraft will be produced annually by 2018.
In China, additional orders for the A330 spurs on plans for a new A330 completion and delivery centre in Tianjin - which will help smooth their transition towards the A330neo.
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Three new incremental aircraft developments included the: Long-Range version of the A321neo which will offer true transatlantic operation; a regional version of the A330 which is optimised to seat up to 400 passengers on missions to 3 000nm, as well as the Ultra-Long-Range version of the A350-900 capable of 19-hour flights.
Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is a leading commercial aircraft manufacturer with a modern range of family airliners ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. It has sold up over 16 thuosand aircrafts to around 400 customers worldwide.
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The A350 XWB
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