The airline industry demonstrated its resiliency in 2011. With signs of renewed strength following a period of economic crisis, airlines and leasing companies turned to Airbus for new aircraft that will help them respond to future growth and market trends, improve their operating efficiency and meet growing demand for eco-efficiency in the air transport sector. Much of the sales activity during the year was focussed on the A320neo (new engine option) for Airbus’ popular A320 single-aisle jetliner family, which was launched in December 2010 and accumulated 1,256 firm orders from 23 customers through December 2011 – making it the fastest selling commercial jetliner ever.
Airbus’ total gross orders for 2011 totaled 1,419, while net orders for the 12 months (taking cancellations into account) reached 1,608 – both representing new records. In addition to bookings for the A320neo and the current A320 Family, business logged during 2011 also included orders for the A330, A350 XWB and A380. With a record 534 deliveries completed in 2011, the Airbus backlog as of December 31 stood at 4,437 aircraft, consisting of 3,345 A320 Family jetliners, 906 A330/A340/A350 aircraft and 186 A380s.
Video feature: year in review 2011
Another record annual performance
The A320neo takes centre stage
American Airlines selects the A320 Family
Expanding the A320neo customer base
A debut for A320 Sharklets
New – and repeat – A380 customers
First A380 deliveries to Korean Air and China Southern
Milestone 7000th delivery: US Airways' A321
Airbus advances its agenda for a cleaner environment