KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 – Airbus has exceeded its targets for 2014, achieving a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries for 89 customers, its president and chief executive officer, Fabrice Bregier said. He said the production achievement showed that aircraft deliveries last year went up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013.
“Airbus also achieved 1,456 net orders from 67 customers, of which 14 are new, comprising 1,321 single aisle aircraft and 135 wide bodies. “As a result, by year-end, the backlog climbed to a new industry record of 6,386 aircraft valued at US$919.3 billion at list prices,” he said at the Airbus annual press conference in Paris, webcast live on the internet, today.
Bregier said last year, Airbus commanded more than 50 per cent market share for aircraft above 100 seats. Airbus’ numerous sales achievements included the A330neo’s success in attracting 120 firm endorsements within six months of its launch.
“Industrially, the clear milestone of the year was the completion of A350 XWB testing and certification, culminating in the on-time delivery of the first aircraft for Qatar Airways. “We also reached our target of delivering 30 A380s while welcoming Asiana, Qatar Airways and Etihad as new operators of this flagship aircraft,” he said, adding that Airbus made a strong progress towards a faster, simpler and more agile company.
Airbus is one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. It has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, and subsidiaries in the US, China, India, Japan and the Middle East.