Airbus (Toulouse, France) reported on Jan. 12 that it delivered a total of 498 aircraft in 2009. The figure is a new company delivery record for a single year and is 15 more aircraft than in 2008. The figure includes 402 A320 Family aircraft, 86 A330/A340s which are both records for a single year, and 10 A380s. Airbus Military, the military aircraft division of Airbus, delivered 16 light and medium transport aircraft.
Despite challenging market conditions, Airbus also reached its order intake target. Overall, Airbus won a total of 310 orders gross (271 net) valued at $34.9 billion USD gross ($30.3 billion USD net) at list prices, or 54 percent of the worldwide market share of aircraft of more than 100 seats.
Further company streamlining saw the formation of Airbus Military, signalling the full integration of military aircraft programs within Airbus. The maiden flight of the A400M (MSN 1) in December 2009 was a proof-point of the successful reorganisation and new program set-up.
Airbus’ turn-around program, Power 8 again exceeded targets, delivering new cost savings of around €2 billion Euros gross on a recurring basis. Power 8+ aims to add a further €650 million in savings for Airbus by 2012.