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Airbus beats order target and sets new company delivery records

Overwhelming market preference for the NEO continues

Airbus delivered a company record of 588 aircraft to 89 customers (17 new) and exceeded its order target of 650 by winning 914 gross orders. These orders include 305 CEO, 478 NEO, 82 A330/A340s, 40 A350 XWB and nine A380s. Airbus’ backlog sets a new industry-wide record of 4,682 aircraft valued at over US$638 billion.

Deliveries were 10 per cent higher than the 2011 record (534) and 2012 was the 11th year in a row of increased production. In single aisles, Airbus set a new record of 455 deliveries (421 in 2011). Widebody deliveries reached a record 103 aircraft (87 in 2011), underlining the success of the A330 Family which is being produced at the highest monthly production rates ever (9.5 in 2012 rising to 10 in Spring 2013). The A380 delivery target of 30 was achieved setting a new company record for the type (26 in 2011).

Airbus’ share of total aircraft sales by value (above 100 seats) in 2012, is 41 per cent gross (41.5 per cent net). Net orders reached 833 aircraft worth US$96 billion. These include 739 A320 Family aircraft taking Airbus past the 9,000th single aisle order. Of these, 478 are NEO, confirming its over 62 per cent market dominance since launch. In the widebody market, 58 A330s and 27 A350 XWB were ordered. The A350-1000 won major endorsements from leading airlines through significant upsizing orders. In the very large aircraft segment, Airbus won nine out of 10 orders demonstrating the market’s preference for the A380.

In 2012, the A350 XWB progressed well. The final assembly line became fully operational, the structural assembly of the first A350 XWB that will fly was completed and “electrical power on” of the aircraft was accomplished.

Airbus Military had a successful year delivering 29 aircraft (20 light and medium military transport, four P-3 conversions, and five A330 MRTTs). The order target was exceeded despite difficult global conditions, reaching 32 (28 C295 and four CN235). Additionally, the A330 MRTT was selected as the preferred bidder by the Indian Government.

The A400M progressed well with the completion of 300 hours of Function and Reliability testing leading towards civil and military certification in Q1 2013 and first delivery in Q2 2013, with a total of four deliveries by the end of the year. Currently four A400Ms are in final assembly with a further 13 in production. The military backlog stands at 220 aircraft (174 A400M, 17 MRTT, five CN235, and 20 C295 and four P-3).

Airbus recruited 5,000 employees in 2012 increasing the global employee figure to 59,000 and targets recruiting some 3,000 in 2013 to support all programme developments.

"Looking back over 2012, we can proudly say it was a fantastic year. We delivered a record number of aircraft which highlights our increasing efficiency, and the market again demonstrated its confidence in all our products. In 2012, we delivered the first Sharklet aircraft, and with a commanding lead in the single aisle market, the dividends from our strategic decision to invest in the kind of innovation which generates value for our customers, is paying off,” said Fabrice Bregier, Airbus President and CEO. “We are keeping our production rates at a manageable pace, which is good for our supply chain, and bodes well for our long term profitability and bright future.”

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Airbus 2012 highlights: Click on below links to access the full release


A350's engine makes successful first flight on Airbus’ A380  - 18th February 2012


Airbus starts final assembly of first A350 XWB - 5th April 2012


Airbus, EADS EFW and ST Aerospace agreement for A330P2F - 21st May 2012


Malaysia Airlines takes delivery of its first A380 - 29th May 2012


Norwegian firms up order for 100 Airbus A320neo - 8th June 2012


Airbus to establish assembly line in United States - 2nd July 2012


Airbus starts production of the A320neo Family - 8th July 2012


Cathay Pacific selects A350-1000 - 10th July 2012


THAI takes delivery of its first A380 - 27th September 2012


French Prime Minister inaugurates A350 XWB Final Assembly Line - 23rd October 2012


Singapore Airlines to order more A380s and A350 XWBs - 24th October 2012


Airbus offers new 242 tonne A330 takeoff-weight capability - 29th November 2012


Qatar Airways endorses the larger A350 XWB models - 3rd December 2012


AirAsia orders 100 more A320s - 13th December 2012


Pegasus selects up to 100 A320neo Family Aircraft - 18th December 2012


AirAsia becomes first operator of Airbus’ Sharklet equipped A320 - 21st December 2012



Airbus Military highlights


Oman orders eight Airbus Military C295 aircraft - 21st May 2012


Poland orders five Airbus Military C295 aircraft - 2nd July 2012


Airbus Military and PT Dirgantara Indonesia sign agreement for upgraded C212 - 8th November 2012


First three production Airbus Military A400M aircraft take shape - 20th November 2012


Airbus Military delivers final A330 MRTT to Royal Australian Air Force - 3rd December 2012


Airbus Military A400M completes critical flight-test phase - 10th December 2012


Airbus Military A330 MRTT selected by Indian Government - 7th January 2013


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