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Building on success (2019)

Orders & Deliveries 2018 09 January 2019

Infographic Airbus Commercial Aircraft Orders And Deliveries 2018

Infographic Airbus Commercial Aircraft Orders And Deliveries 2018

Airbus delivered 800 commercial aircraft to customers in 2018, setting a new record for the company.

Airbus entered 2019 with new company records, building on the success of the previous several years. In 2018, Airbus delivered a total of 800 commercial aircraft to 93 customers worldwide – meeting its full year delivery guidance and setting a new company record. The number of deliveries has continued to increase annually for 16 years in a row. 

In terms of sales, Airbus achieved 747 net orders during 2018 compared with 1,109 net orders in 2017. 

Airbus began 2019 with a commercial aircraft backlog of 7,577 jetliners, setting a new record for the industry. This includes 480 A220s – the result of a European-Canadian partnership with Bombardier that saw two of the Canadian manufacturer’s jetliners brought into the Airbus commercial aircraft product line. Designated A220-100 and A220-300, these aircraft have been designed and purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market. 

A321XLR: Efficiency and extra-long range

Commercial Aircraft 17 June 2019

Airbus A321XLR

Launched by Airbus, the A321XLR will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700 nm – 15% more than the A321LR version and with the same unbeatable fuel efficiency

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Airbus’ A321XLR is the world’s most efficient and longest-range single-aisle aircraft.

Airbus’ extra-long-range single-aisle A321XLR made headlines in June with its official launch at the 2019 Paris Air Show, followed by announcements of 48 orders and 89 commitments, as well as 112 conversions from existing A321neo bookings to the A321XLR version through the air show’s fourth day.

With an extended range of up to 4,700 nm, the A321XLR is the newest member of the A320neo Family and the next evolutionary step for Airbus’ single-aisle product line, responding to market needs for even more range and payload, generating more value for operators – while offering an enhanced passenger experience with the Airspace cabin.

Airbus delivery milestones in the thousands

Press Release 20 May 2019

12,000th Airbus jetliner is delivered to Delta Air Lines

This Airbus A220-100 delivered to Delta Air Lines on May 20, 2019, at the A220 final assembly plant in Mirabel, Canada (just north of Montreal), is the 12,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus since the first in 1974

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An Airbus A220-100 provided to Delta Air Lines on 20 May 2019 at the A220 final assembly plant in Mirabel, Canada was the 12,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus since 1974.

On 20 May, Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 12,000th commercial jetliner in the company’s 50-year history. The milestone aircraft – an A220-100 – was assembled in Mirabel, Canada and handed over to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines, highlighting the growing presence of Airbus in North America.

As the smallest jetliner in Airbus’ in-production product line, the A220-100 is a member of the A220 Family – purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market, with unbeatable fuel efficiency and comfort.

Airbus delivered its very first aircraft (an A300B2 wide-body twin-engine jetliner) to Air France in 1974; in 2010, the company handed over its 6,000th jetliner. The pace continued to accelerate, taking Airbus just nine years to double that number, reaching the milestone 12,000th Airbus aircraft delivery in May 2019.

In September, Airbus surpassed the 9,000th overall delivery mark for its best-selling A320 Family, while the following month saw the handover of the 1,000th A320-series jetliner in the NEO version.

China’s agreement for 300 jetliners

Commercial Aircraft 31 May 2018

First Air China A350-900 take off

The first Air China A350-900 – which was delivered by Airbus on 8 August 2018 during a ceremony in Toulouse, France – features a comfortable three-class cabin layout of 312 seats (32 business, 24 premium economy and 256 economy)

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China’s in-service fleet of Airbus jetliners include this A350 XWB, which was delivered to Air China in August 2018.

In March, Airbus expanded its civil aviation partnership with China, signing a General Terms Agreement (GTA) covering the purchase of 300 aircraft by Chinese airlines.

The GTA comprises 290 A320 Family jetliners and 10 A350 XWBs, reflecting the strong demand in all market segments by Chinese carriers – including domestic, low-cost, regional and international long haul.

Signing the GTA in Paris, France were Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and future Airbus CEO; and Jia Baojun, Chairman of the China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS). This occurred in the presence of visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Airbus reaffirmed its commitment to China’s aviation industry in September, signing a new agreement with China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) to enhance single-aisle fuselage equipping at the A320 Family final assembly line in Tianjin.

A320neo Family major bookings, back-to-back

Press Release 29 October 2019

A321XLR IndiGo

IndiGo’s firm order for 300 A320neo Family aircraft includes the A321XLR (in addition to the A320neo and A321neo), which will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700 nm

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IndiGo will receive extended-range A321XLR jetliners as part of its firm order for 300 A320 Family aircraft.

The continued popularity of Airbus’ single-aisle A320neo Family was underscored in October with new agreements for 300 and 100 aircraft each from low-cost carriers in India and the U.S., respectively.

IndiGo, which is India’s largest passenger airline, placed the firm order for 300 A320 Family aircraft, marking one of the largest bookings Airbus has ever received from a single airline operator – involving a mix of A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR versions. It brought the total number of A320neo Family aircraft order by IndiGo to 730.

In the U.S., Airbus and Spirit Airlines agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding for the fast growing ultra-low-cost carrier to acquire up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft, covering an intention for a mix of A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo versions. This will help Spirit Airlines meet future fleet requirements, as well as support growth as the carrier expands its network across the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

Orders for 100-plus A350 XWB & A330neo jetliners

Press Release 14 February 2019

Emirates A330-900

Emirates continues its fleet growth with Airbus’ newest generation widebody aircraft, ordering 40 A330-900 versions of the A330neo jetliner

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Emirates’ wide-body jetliner order with Airbus included 40 A330-900 versions of the A330neo.

Airbus’ wide-body order book grew by 107 aircraft in the first quarter of 2019 with acquisitions for A350 XWB and A330neo jetliners from airline customers in Europe, the Persian Gulf and Asia.

Dubai-based Emirates ordered 40 A330-900 versions of the A330neo, along with 30 A350 XWBs in the A350-900 configuration.

Lufthansa Group, the largest Airbus operator, signed for 20 additional A350-900 wide-body aircraft – bringing this customer’s total A350 XWB orders to 45.

In Asia, STARLUX Airlines of Taiwan booked 17 A350 XWBs, comprising 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s. This new carrier plans to deploy these aircraft on its premier long-haul services from Taipei to Europe and North America, as well as selected destinations within the Asia-Pacific region.

ANA joins the world’s A380 operators

Commercial Aircraft 20 March 2019

First All Nippon Airways A380 airborne

Japan’s All Nippon Airways took delivery of its first A380 at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France, and will operate the aircraft on the popular route between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu

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The distinctive livery for ANA’s first A380 depicts the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, underscoring this jetliner’s use on the route linking Tokyo’s Narita International Airport with Honolulu in the U.S. Hawaiian Islands.

In March, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) became the 15th operator of the largest passenger aircraft: the A380. It has ordered three of the double-deck airliners from Airbus for operation on the popular route between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Honolulu in the U.S. Hawaiian Islands.

Each ANA A380 will feature a special livery depicting the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, also known as the Honu. The first-delivered aircraft is painted in blue, while the second will be green and the third orange.

“Airbus is proud to deliver this beautiful aircraft to ANA,” said Airbus CEO Tom Enders during the delivery ceremony at Airbus’ industrial site in the Toulouse, France region. “Offering unrivalled levels of passenger comfort, the A380 will enable ANA to increase its capacity on the busy route to Hawaii with maximum efficiency. We are confident that the aircraft will be highly successful in service with ANA and are committed to providing full support to the airline all along the way.”

After the 20 March handover to ANA, there were 232 A380s in service with 15 operators worldwide, flying on 120 routes across the globe.

Going the distance with ETOPS approvals

Commercial Aircraft 14 January 2019

A220 Canada ETOPS EN

The A220’s 180-minute extended operations (ETOPS*) approval from Canada’s civil aviation authority paves the way for customers to start new direct non-limiting routings over water, remote or underserved regions

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The A220’s extended operations approval from Canada’s civil aviation authority allows airline customers to start new direct non-limiting routings over water, remote or underserved regions.

In January, Airbus announced that its A330-900, the longer-fuselage variant of the A330neo wide-body jetliner, received the approval for ETOPS (Extended-range Twin engine aircraft Operations) “beyond 180 minutes” diversion time. This authorisation, granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), means that operators of the A330neo – which is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines – will benefit from the most efficient, reliable and direct long-range routings. The approval also includes the option for “ETOPS 285 minutes,” which extends the potential air diversion distance to around 2,000 nm.

Also in January, the single-aisle A220’s approval for 180-minute extended operations (ETOPS) was confirmed from Transport Canada (the Canadian civil aviation authority), becoming the first commercial airliner to obtain domestic ETOPS certification from Canada’s airworthiness agency. With this capability, operators of A220-100 and A220-300 jetliners have the ability to fly for up to 180 minutes from the nearest diversion airport.

ETOPS initially was introduced by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and comprises a set of rules that allow commercial operations with twin-engine aircraft on routes beyond 60 minutes flying time from the nearest airport – approval which previously was granted only for aircraft with more than two engines.

Airbus Corporate Jets milestones

Selective asset 17 January 2019

First ACJ320neo delivered to Acropolis Aviation

The milestone delivery of the first ACJ320neo aircraft to Acropolis Aviation of the UK was celebrated by (left to right): Acropolis Aviation Chief Pilot Phil Lintott-Clarke, ACJ President Benoit Defforge and Acropolis Aviation CEO Jonathan Bousfield

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The first ACJ320neo, which can fly 25 passengers 6,000 nm (11,100 km) or more than 13 hours, was delivered to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in January 2019.

In 2019, Airbus Corporate Jets marked major milestones that ranged from the first government order for wide-body ACJ350 XWBs to the single-aisle A319neo’s maiden flight and a key delivery for the ACJ320neo version. 

Airbus Corporate Jets’ first ACJ320neo was delivered to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in January. The ACJ320neo Family aircraft has the widest and tallest cabins of any business jet, without costing more to operate or taking up additional ramp space.

The shortest-fuselage member of the Airbus Corporate Jets’ product line, the ACJ319neo, successfully completed its first flight on 24 April, beginning a fast-paced flight test programme to verify its corporate jet features – such as extra fuel tanks in the cargo-hold that enable intercontinental range. On 26 April, the ACJ319neo set a new record for the longest A320 Family flight by an Airbus crew – completing a 16-hour and 10-minute test flight: travelling from Toulouse, France to northern Greenland and back, the jetliner’s trajectory included a simulated diversion in the framework of 180-minute Extended Range Twin-Engine Operations (ETOPS).

In May, the German government placed a firm order for three ACJ350 XWBs – becoming the initial government customer for the A350 XWB’s corporate version. The ACJ350 XWB is Airbus’ latest addition to its ACJ family of wide-body VIP aircraft – with Germany acquiring the ACJ350-900 version. This aircraft can fly 25 passengers a distance of 11,100 nm (20,550 km). In its ultra-long-range version, the flight duration is more than 22 hours.

New A220 Family U.S. production facility

Commercial Aircraft 03 October 2018

A220-100 Delta Air Lines at Mirabel, Canada

A220-100 Delta Air Lines, before the First flight. A220-100 on ground Delta Air Lines A220 takes to the skies for its first flight Delta will be first U.S. operator to benefit from new-generation aircraft’s unbeatable efficiency Mirabel (Canada), 3rd October 2018

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Delta Air Lines became the first U.S. operator to receive an A220 jetliner – and expanded its order to 90 aircraft of this single-aisle family.

As of August 2019, more than 510 orders were placed for A220 aircraft, including 90 booked by Delta Air Lines. Expanding an earlier order, this U.S.-based carrier increased its number of the larger A220-300 version booked to 50 jetliners. Other U.S. customers – JetBlue, Moxy and Republic Airways Holdings – also have placed orders for the A220.

With the A220’s sales success, Airbus opened a new assembly line for the aircraft at its U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama – which will build jetliners for U.S. customers. Construction of the new facility – located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, adjacent to Airbus’ existing A320 Family production line – began in January 2019, with production activity commencing eight months later in August.

In new business activity during 2019 on the international scene, Air Vanuatu – the national flag carrier of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu – signed a firm order with Airbus for four A220s (two A220-100s and two A220-300s). Air Vanuatu’s first ever order with Airbus makes it the A220 launch customer in the Pacific region. 

The BelugaXL airlifter: Ready for service

BelugaXL 2 MSN1853 - Arrival Sylvain Ramadier - Airbus
BelugaXL 15 April 2019

BelugaXL 2 MSN1853 - Arrival

BelugaXL 2 First flight Maiden flight of Airbus’ second BelugaXL – Landing Airbus’ next-generation oversize airlifter programme marked another key milestone with the successful first flight of the no. 2 BelugaXL, which took off from, and landed at, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France #BelugaXL #XLsmile

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With a highly-enlarged cargo bay structure, as well as modified rear and tail section, the fleet of six BelugaXL airlifters will operate across Europe to support Airbus’ aircraft production network.

To support the A350 XWB jetliner’s ramp-up and other aircraft production rate increases, Airbus is replacing its fleet of five A300-600ST airlifters (BelugaST) with six BelugaXL aircraft, derived from the company’s versatile A330 wide-body product line. 

In November, the BelugaXL received its Type Certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness authority, paving the way for the BelugaXL’s entry-into-service by early 2020 – progressively replacing the BelugaST fleet.

In addition to the significant use of existing components and equipment, Airbus’ A330-based BelugaXLs will incorporate newly developed elements including its lowered cockpit, a highly-enlarged cargo bay structure, and modified rear and tail section. 

Sized at seven metres longer and one metre wider than its BelugaST predecessor, the BelugaXL provides 30 percent extra transport capacity. As an example, the BelugaXL can carry two wings of an A350 XWB jetliner, while the BelugaST can only accommodate one. With a maximum payload of 51 tonnes, the BelugaXL has a range of 4,000 km (2,200 nm).

As with the BelugaST, the BelugaXLs will operate from 11 destinations in Europe, continuing to strengthen Airbus’ industrial capabilities and enabling the company to meet its production and delivery commitments.

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