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Analysts need facts and figures at their fingertips in order to quickly assess the performance of a company in the marketplace. Here you will find the key details on Airbus – including numbers and types of aircraft ordered and delivered, market share and production outlook.

For additional information, visit the Airbus Group Investor Relations section on its Airbus Group parent company’s corporate website.

2015 in review, and 2016 outlook

Joint Type Certification for the A320neo with Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines was signed in November 2015 by European and U.S. airworthiness authorities, enabling deliveries of the New Engine Option single-aisle jetliner to begin in 2016.

Airbus exceeded its production targets for 2015 by achieving a new company annual record of 635 jetliner deliveries, while logging 1,080 net orders during the year – comprised of 945 single-aisle aircraft and 135 widebody aircraft. 

At year-end 2015, the company’s overall backlog had climbed to a new industry record of 6,831 aircraft – providing a volume equivalent to 10 years of production at current rates.

Three new incremental aircraft developments launched during 2015 further enhanced the Airbus product line: the A321neo Long-Range version, which will offer true transatlantic operations; the A330 Regional version, optimised to seat up to 400 passengers on flights out to 3,000 nautical miles; and the Ultra-Long-Range version of the A350-900, capable of 19-hour flights. 

Other 2015 accomplishments included European/U.S. joint Type Certification of Airbus’ A320neo (New Engine Option) version powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines; along with the start-up of A320 Family jetliner production at the new U.S. final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama – making Airbus a truly global manufacturer with aircraft production sites on three continents (in North America, Europe and Asia). 

Airbus’ goal for 2016 is to deliver on its ambitious production expansion/ramp-up strategy, setting a target of delivering more than 650 aircraft to customers during the 12 months. 

This objective includes the continued ramp-up in A320 Family production during 2016, reaching an output rate of 50 per month by early 2017 and subsequently going to 60 monthly by mid-2019; along with the delivery of at least 50 A350s in 2016 (compared to 14 in 2015). 

Airbus is looking to attain another break-even year for the A380 in 2016, providing a number similar to the 27 delivered in 2015; while A330ceo production will level at a rate of six per month as the transition is made to the A330neo (New Engine Option). The first A350-1000 version of the A350 XWB will enter the final assembly line in 2016, enabling its first flight before year-end; while final assembly line activity for the initial A330neo is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016. 

Airbus’ commercial priority for 2016 is to continue its market leadership role, targeting a book-to-bill ratio [the ratio of orders received to the units delivered and billed] of at least 1 during the year.

Airbus 2015-2034 Global Market Forecast

Airbus projects a need for 32,585 new passenger aircraft – valued at US$ 4.9 trillion – over the next 20 years, based on its latest Global Market Forecast (GMF): “Formulating the Future.”

Announced at the 2015 International Paris Air Show, this forward-looking view – which covers the 2015-2034 timeframe – factors in how such key market drivers as demographics, trade, tourism flows, oil prices, environmental issues and competition will shape the aviation industry’s continued evolution and expansion. 

Airbus expects that air travel will increasingly become an expectation for passengers – with traffic growth in emerging markets and urbanization driving a worldwide annual increase of 4.6 per cent over this period. 

Traffic growth in developing regions such as Asia and the Middle East is forecast to grow at 5.8 per cent per year compared to more advanced economies – for example those in Western Europe or North America – that are projected for 3.8 per cent growth. 

Boosted by an expanded middle class, emerging economies also will see a sharp increase in the per cent of the population which travels by air each year to 74 per cent – up from 25 per cent today. 

Another key driver of global air traffic growth is expected to be the rise of aviation megacities, which are centres of urban wealth creation that accommodate more than 10,000 passengers per day. Airbus is forecasting that today’s 47 megacities will grow to 91 by 2034, serving 2.3 million daily passengers.

As a result, the total worldwide fleet of passenger and freighter aircraft will more than double to 38,500 aircraft by 2034, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast – with the estimated requirement for 22,927 new single-aisle aircraft, 8,108 new twin-aisle widebodies and 1,550 new very large aircraft.

Access the latest Global Market Forecast in the Airbus website’s Company section.


With more than 16,400 aircraft ordered by international customers through April 2016, Airbus is an undisputed world leader in the civil air transport marketplace.

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