Airbus revealed it had delivered a record 718 commercial aircraft during 2017, a 4% increase year-on-year and sizably more than its previous best of 688 posted in 2016. It also secured 1,109 net orders from 85 customers.
A major proportion of its deliveries were in the single-aisle market with 558 A320 Family aircraft. The widebody sector of Airbus supplied 160 jets, consisting of 67 A330s, 78 A350 XWBs and 15 A380 superjumbos. At the end of 2017 the company’s accumulated deliveries stood at 7,265 aircraft with a value of $1.059 trillion. Airbus has steadily built on deliveries through 15 consecutive years of production increases. Airbus is confident to achieve a rate of 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019 from its four A320 Family final assembly lines (FAL) – Hamburg, Tianjin, Mobile and Toulouse.
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer said, “Airbus has been the world’s largest commercial aircraft manufacture in nine of the last ten years – winning 53% of all orders. In the single-aisle market, it has outsold its direct competitor in seven out of the last ten years, capturing 54% of net sale.” He added, “It has also outsold its rival in the widebody market in seven of the last ten years, securing 50% of net sales.”