Airbus Delivers 10,000th Aircraft
Airbus Industrie, which launched its very first aircraft – an A300 – into commercial service with Air France in 1974, celebrated the delivery of its 10,000th. The new plane – an Airbus A350 – was presented to Singapore Airlines on Friday in Toulouse, France.
The European consortium placed its 100th A300 in 1979 but it was the A320 – introduced in 1984, with a first flight in 1987 and first delivery in 1988 – that allowed the company to take off and Airbus delivered its 500th jet, an A320, to Northwest in 1989.
The aircraft manufacturer, which makes the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the A380, began as a consortium of several European aerospace companies. Today it is a division of Airbus Group and based in Blagnac, France, outside Toulouse. It has production and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, Spain, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with an employee roster of over 72,000.
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