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Airbus sets new delivery record in 2018
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Airbus sets new delivery record in 2018

Airbus delivered 800 commercial aircraft in 2018, an 11% increase from the previous record of 718 units, set in 2017.

Airbus delivered 800 commercial aircraft to 93 customers in 2018, meeting its full year delivery guidance and setting a new company record. The total represents an 11% increase from the previous record of 718 units, set in 2017.

In geographical terms, Asia accounted for 34% of aircraft delivered. Lessors received 31% of the total.

The 2018 commercial aircraft deliveries comprise:

  • 20 A220s (since it became part of the Airbus family in July 2018);

  • 626 A320 Family (vs 558 in 2017), of which 386 were A320neo Family (vs 181 neos in 2017);

  • 49 A330s (vs 67 in 2017), including the first three A330neos;

  • 93 A350 XWBs (vs 78 in 2017), including 14 A350-1000s;

  • 12 A380s (vs 15 in 2017).

In terms of sales, Airbus achieved 747 net orders during 2018 compared with 1,109 net orders in 2017. At the end of 2018, the backlog of Airbus commercial aircraft reached a new record of 7,577 aircraft, including 480 A220s, compared with 7,265 at the end of 2017.

Production highlights from the past year included the addition of the A220 line in Mirabel, Canada; the 100th delivery from the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mobile, Alabama; the 400th delivery from “FAL Asia” in Tianjin, China; and the start of operations of the new, fourth production line in Hamburg.

The company indicates that the A320 programme is on track to achieve a production rate of 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019. The A350, meanwhile, achieved the targeted rate of 10 aircraft per month during the year.

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