Airbus delivers 510 commercial aircraft in 2010

Airbus sets a new record in 2010 with 510 commercial aircraft deliveries, up from 498 in 2009.

Airbus (Toulouse, France) reported on Jan. 17 that it has increased its production output for the ninth year in a row and achieved a new company record of 510 commercial aircraft deliveries to 94 customers (of which 19 were new). Deliveries included 401 A320 Family aircraft, 91 A330/A340s and 18 A380s. In its military division, Airbus delivered 20 light and medium military and transport aircraft (CN235 and C295), exceeding the 2009 figure by four aircraft.

Airbus booked 644 commercial aircraft orders (574 net) in 2010. The value of the new orders surpassed $84 billion USD gross ($74 billion USD net) at list prices. This represents 51 percent by units of the 2010 gross worldwide market share of aircraft beyond 100 seats (52 percent net). Airbus won 21 new orders for its military aircraft (CN235 and C295).

The new commercial orders include 452 A320 Family aircraft, 160 A330/A340/A350 XWB family aircraft, and 32 new orders for the A380. At 2010 year end, Airbus’ commercial order book backlog was 3,552 aircraft valued at more than $480 billion USD at list prices — about six years of full production. The military backlog stood at 247 aircraft.

The Boeing Co. (Seattle, Wash., USA) announced on Jan. 6 that it recorded 462 commercial airplane deliveries in 2010, meeting company guidance of approximately 460 deliveries during the year.