Airbus built on its reputation as a global aviation leader through its philosophy for incremental innovations in 2015, while further improving its competitiveness and agility in support of future production rate increases.
The A350 XWB programme was a major focus for Airbus in 2015 – with the aircraft officially entering commercial service in January for global launch customer Qatar Airways, followed by the initial deliveries to two additional operators – Vietnam Airlines and Finnair – so far this year.
Another key achievement for Airbus was September’s official inauguration of operations of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, which is assembling the industry-leading family of A319s, A320s and A321s. The Mobile location is part of the global network of four final assembly lines that will allow Airbus to gradually ramp up production to the highest rate ever in civil aviation: 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019, a decision that was announced in October.
In addition, other milestones in 2015 included the company’s 9,000th aircraft delivery in March, and May’s handover of the first increased 242-tonne-takeoff weight A330 variant.
Boosting A320 Family production
The A350 XWB: building operational momentum
Advancing A350 XWB production
A320neo: certified on schedule
A330neo: powering the way forward
Paris Air Show: continued commercial momentum
Formulating the future
BizLab: bringing innovative ideas to market
Expanding a successful partnership with China