Airbus is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military air lifters. The company has over 40 years experiences in innovation, technological first and industry milestones.
Airbus entered into 2016 with an important breakthrough of the delivery of the first A320neo (new engine option) Family aircraft. This Airbus was received by Lufthansa. This achievement builds on the important achievements of the year before in terms of:
- the company’s annual record of 635 aircraft deliveries
- the initiation of the United States final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama
- the type of certification needed for the A320neo and
- the continuous customer deliveries of the new generation A350 XWB, together with other successes.
Airbus received 1,080 net orders which were placed by 53 customers in 2015. Due to these positive results, Airbus was placed at the start of 2016 with a backlog of 6,831 aircraft. This made a new industry-wide record.
With the company receiving so much success, it is seeking to build on this positive performance during 2016 by making additional improvements to its overall competitiveness. The main focus will be on becoming more efficient and innovative while, at the same time, increasing the diversity across it operations worldwide.
Airbus has a goal for 2016 in which they are focused on delivering on its ambitious production strategy. Their aim is to provide more than 650 aircraft to customers during the year (12 month period).
The company reached a fundamental production breakthrough in February with their on-time final assembly of its A330 XWB Family’s longest fuselage member, the A350-1000, for which Airbus is targeting a mid-2017 commercial service entry.
Another aircraft that made headlines was the A350-900. In March, the first delivery of this “Xtra Wide Body” version was made to Singapore Airlines. This brings the number up to five for the number of operators that had received the aircraft to date.