Airbus logged 60 aircraft orders in December from across its commercial product lines, bringing the year’s net orders to 1,036; while the 79 jetliners provided to customers during the month raised the 2015 total to a new annual record of 635 deliveries.
Based on the orders and deliveries activity, Airbus achieved a year-end industry record backlog of 6,787 aircraft as of 31 December – representing a combined value of $996.3 billion at list prices, and providing a volume equivalent to 10 years of production at current rates.
The A320 single-aisle family paced December’s new business activity, with 36 for the New Engine Option (NEO) versions of Airbus’ A319, A320 and A321; along with three for the A320ceo (Current Engine Option) configuration.
This included the firming-up of a commitment by Turkish Airlines for 20 additional A321neo aircraft, adding to the 72 A321neo jetliners already on order by Turkey’s flagship airline. Ordering five A320neo aircraft each in December were British Airways, Iberia, and Vueling; while an unnamed private operator acquired an ACJ319neo corporate jet.
Completing the month’s single-aisle transactions were the two A320ceo aircraft for China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC), and one A320ceo booked by Air New Zealand.
Among December’s widebody orders were three for the 21st century flagship A380 from an unidentified customer, along with bookings from an unidentified customer for two A350-900 versions of the new A350 XWB.
Airbus’ popular A330 Family converted an order from AirAsia X for 11 A330-900 aircraft in the A330’s New Engine Option series, while South Africa Airways booked a conversion to five A330-300s in the Current Engine Option configuration.
Deliveries in December were composed of 55 A320 Family aircraft, 17 A330s, four A350s (including the initial A350-900 for TAM Airlines, which becomes the first A350 XWB operator in the Americas), along with three A380s.
Taking December’s results into account, the record 635 deliveries by Airbus during 2015 exceeded its targets for the year and also marked the 13th consecutive annual increase in output.
Airbus has exceeded its targets for 2015, achieving a new record of 635 aircraft deliveries for 85 customers of which 10 are new. These deliveries comprise: 491 A320 Family aircraft; 103 A330s; 27 A380s; and 14 A350 XWBs. This production achievement means that Airbus’ aircraft deliveries in 2015 were up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous year-end delivery record of 629 aircraft – set in 2014.
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