With the momentum created by a “year of records” in 2011, Airbus set its sights in 2012 on goals that include further production ramp-up for the company’s jetliner families, final assembly of the initial A350 XWB aircraft, and certification of the A320 product line’s Sharklets fuel-saving wingtip devices – all of which will be supported by additional growth in its employee count.
The planned production acceleration will raise Airbus’ output for its best-selling A320 Family in 2012 to an all-time high of approximately 42 aircraft monthly, with the A380 cadence moving toward three per month, and production of the A330 rising to meet a goal of 9.5 jetliners monthly.
To meet these increased production rates – while also securing major programme milestones for the new A350, A320neo and A400M military airlifter – Airbus is keeping a focus on expanding its workforce’s size, skills and talent – adding at least 4,000 more employees in 2012, which follows the 4,500 new recruits hired the previous year.
Driven by its exceptional sales performance in 2011, Airbus entered 2012 with a backlog of 4,437 aircraft – representing a combined list price value estimated at $588 billion. This included 1,256 firm bookings for the A320neo Family by 23 customers, confirming its status as the fasting-selling jetliner ever, and bringing overall sales for the entire A320 Family to 8,292 aircraft as of 31 December 2011.
The A350 XWB takes shape
The 5,000th A320 delivery... and more A320 orders
Fuel-saving A320 Family “Sharklets” are readied for service
90-plus A380s delivered…and a new customer signed
Giving “mature” A330 jetliners a new career
Fabrice Brégier named President and CEO
Focus on eco-efficiency: an A319 “perfect flight” in North America
Expanding production and the global footprint
Customers confirm Airbus’ product line strategy
China assembly line completes its 100th A320 Family aircraft