Airbus (Toulouse, France) delivered a new record of 635 aircraft for 85 customers in 2015, surpassing the previous year-end delivery record of 629 aircraft that was set in 2014. These deliveries comprise: 491 A320 Family aircraft; 103 A330s; 27 A380s; and 14 A350 XWBs.
Airbus also received 1,036 net orders from 53 customers (of which eight are new), comprising 897 single-aisle aircraft and 139 widebodies. At 2015 year-end the overall backlog had climbed to a new industry record of 6,787 aircraft valued at $996.3 billion at list prices, the company said.
“This commercial and industrial performance unequivocally proves that global demand for our aircraft has remained resilient,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO. “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.”
Also in 2015, the A320neo was certified by the aviation authorities on both sides of the Atlantic just five years after its launch. In addition, Airbus delivered 14 A350s. Progress was also made on the A350 program’s next variant, the A350-1000 – whose major components and structures are now taking shape across various production sites. Likewise, parts are now in production for the first A330neo – with the machining of its first engine pylon and center wing-box components. In addition, there has been good news for the flagship A380, 10 years after its first flight, with the program breaking-even for the first time.
Another notable highlight was September’s official opening of the first Airbus factory in the U.S. at Mobile on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where between 40 and 50 A320 Family aircraft will be produced annually by 2018. On the other side of the globe in China, additional orders for the A330 not only complements the company’s plans for a new A330 completion and delivery center in Tianjin, but also helps to smooth its transition towards the A330neo. In addition, in 2015 Airbus launched three new incremental aircraft developments which include: the Long-Range version of the A321neo which will offer true transatlantic operation; the Regional version of the A330 which is optimized to seat up to 400 passengers on missions up to 3,000nm; and the Ultra-Long-Range version of the A350-900, capable of 19-hour flights.
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