Yesterday’s 6,000th delivery of an Airbus aircraft – an A380 to Emirates Airline – brings into sharp focus the economic effect in the U.S. of continuous Airbus growth around the globe. A truly international company, Airbus reaches far and wide to source labor and materials, maximizing quality and cost-effectiveness with the production of each aircraft. The United States is the largest single supplier country to Airbus, making Airbus the largest export customer for the U.S. aviation/aerospace industry.
In 2008 alone, Airbus spent $10 billion with hundreds of U.S. suppliers in more than 40 states, translating into Airbus support of more than 180,000 American jobs. (2009 data is pending) Cumulatively in the last decade, Airbus has contributed more than $100 billion to the U.S. economy through direct employment, contract work, supplier business and collateral expenditure.
“As Airbus has expanded its fleet offerings to include new aircraft such as the A380, the A350 XWB, the A330 Freighter and the A400M, we have continued to grow our work here in the U.S.,” said T. Allan McArtor, Chairman of Airbus Americas. “Every Airbus aircraft sold and delivered is a boost for the U.S. economy, and considering the state of that economy at the moment, that is a great impact for which we can claim credit. We are a proud global company with particular pride here at Airbus Americas for the effect we are having on our home country.”
Airbus is a strong proponent of U.S. industry. Included in the extensive Airbus network of U.S. suppliers are some of the most respected names in aerospace, including: Alcoa, Eaton, Goodrich, GE, Honeywell, McStarlite, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Spirit Aerosystems, United Technologies and Vought Aircraft. In addition, Airbus has partnerships with many small and medium-sized U.S. companies like Faber, Electroimpact and GKN Aerospace.
Among the customers for the more than 2,600 Airbus aircraft ordered in North America so far are: Air Canada, FedEx, Frontier Airlines, GECAS, International Lease Finance Corporation, JetBlue, Delta/Northwest Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, UPS, US Airways and Virgin America. The balance of Airbus customers in the region are a mix of leasing companies, low-cost carriers and established large, legacy airlines, diversifying the Airbus customer base in one of the strongest markets in the world.
Airbus delivered a record 498 aircraft in 2009, and reached its order intake target for the year, winning a total of 310 orders (gross). As of New Year’s Day 2010, the backlog of Airbus aircraft stood at 3,488 aircraft, valued at more than $437 billion, and representing six years of production.