The delivery of Airbus’ 10,000th jetliner – an A350 XWB for Singapore Airlines in October 2016 – was a major achievement in the aircraft manufacturer’s on-going success story, which for more than 40 years has been defined by a pioneering spirit and commitment to shaping the future.
From the cornerstone medium-haul A300 and A310 to the best-selling single-aisle A320 product line, long-range A330/340 Family, new-generation A350 XWB and double-deck A380, deliveries of every Airbus “family” member contributed to this milestone.
Occurring as Airbus targets its highest production levels ever, the 10,000th aircraft provided to global customers also underscores the company’s on-going growth since the early 1970s. On this journey, Airbus has transformed itself from a European upstart to a truly global organisation now offering a modern, comprehensive and market-leading product line ranging from 100 to more than 600 seats.
Continuous production ramp-ups
Highlighting this accelerated output of single-aisle and widebody aircraft to meet global demand, Airbus expects to deliver its next 10,000 aircraft in approximately a fourth of the time it took to produce the first 10,000. The sun never sets on Airbus’ manufacturing network, with a global network of sites in Europe, China and the U.S driving these higher production rates.
Airbus handed over its very first aircraft in May 1974: an A300B2. In March 1993, the 1,000th delivery landmark occurred with an A340-300, followed by the 2,000th handover in May 1999 – which also was an A340-300.
Underscoring its rapid growth with an expanded aircraft family, the 3,000th Airbus aircraft delivery was an A320 provided in July 2002, while only three years later – in September 2005 – an A330-300 became the 4,000th aircraft supplied to a customer.
Just two years afterward, the 5,000th milestone was achieved in December 2007 with an A330-200. The 6,000th delivery in January 2010 – involving an A380 – further confirmed the company's continued leading role as a provider of highly efficient aircraft to airline operators and customers around the world.
For the 7,000th jetliner handover in December 2011, the aircraft was an A321 provided to United States-based US Airways. Just over a year and a half later, the company marked its milestone 8,000th delivery with an A320 featuring Sharklets provided to AirAsia, while the 9,000th jetliner – an A321 for VietJetAir – was supplied in March 2015.