Airbus’ delivery of its 8,000th aircraft on 5 August 2013 marked a new achievement as the company continues to accelerate the production output of its single-aisle and widebody jetliners in meeting demand from a widening global customer base.
This delivery was very appropriately a member of the A320 Family, which is one of the world’s best-selling commercial aircraft product lines – with over 5,600 provided from the more than 9,600 ordered by 340-plus customers around the globe.
The other aircraft contributing to this delivery milestone during Airbus’ history were its cornerstone medium-haul A300 and A310, of which 816 were supplied during their successfully completed production run; the long-range A330 and A340, with 1,300-plus provided, and more than 100 A380 jetliners – all received by airlines as of June 2013.
Overall, Airbus’ production output has been increasing since the company 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 – which is a major Airbus customer, and also has the distinction of flying one of the largest A320 Family inventories.
Just over a year and a half later, the company marked its milestone 8,000th delivery with an A320 featuring Sharklets provided to AirAsia, which flies an all-Airbus fleet and has ordered 475 single-aisle aircraft from Airbus, along with 26 A330s and 10 A350 XWBs.