Airbus Announces 2012 Sales and Deliveries
Airbus, which had held the top aircraft manufacturer spot for the past 11 years, announced its orders and deliveries for 2012 and dropped to the number two spot, having been bested by Chicago-based Boeing.
Airbus delivered a total of 588 aircraft to a total of 89 customers in 2012, a 10% year-over-year increase. In addition, Airbus sold a total of 914 new aircraft, exceeding its target for 2012 by 264.
Seventeen of Airbus’ 89 delivery customers were new for 2012, and the aircraft manufacturer set three new records by delivering 103 wide-body aircraft versus 87 in 2011, and 455 single-aisle aircraft versus 421 in 2011. Airbus delivered 30 A380 aircraft, a new company record for the type.
Net orders for 2012 were 833 aircraft valued at $96 billion. This figure includes 739 A320 aircraft, which brings Airbus past the 9,000 figure for single-aisle aircraft sales. A320 NEO aircraft comprised 478 of total A320 orders. Orders also included 58 A330 wide-body aircraft and 27 of the new, high-tech A350 XWB, the redesigned version of the A350 (XWB stands for extra-wide body) that is expected to enter service in 2014.
At the end of the year, Airbus’ total unfilled orders for new aircraft stood at 4,682.
Boeing delivered a total of 601 aircraft in 2012 and delivered 1,203, which placed the Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer in the number one slot for the year.
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