Just last week, Airheadsfly.com reported that Boeing topped its own charts in 2014. Now, the same can be said for Airbus, with a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries to 89 customers, plus 1,456 net orders from 67 customers. The simple verdict: ‘Toulouse’ scooped up more orders than Boeing in 2014, whereas ‘Seattle’ produced more aircraft.
Airbus deliveries comprised 490 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330s, 30 A380s and also the company’s first A350 XWB. The orders consist of 1,321 single aisle aircraft and 135 widebodies. As a result, by year end, the backlog had climbed to a new industry record of 6,386 aircraft valued at US$ 919.3 billion at list prices.
Milestones last year were the first delivery of an A350 XWB – to Qatar Airways – and the announcement of the Airbus A330neo during the Farnborough International Airshow. The airline from Qatar was also among three new A380 operators, with Asiana and Etihad being the others. In total, Airbus delivered 30 A380s in 2014. Meanwhile, the A320neo program is proceeding on track following its first flight September 2014, paving the way for certification in Q3 and first deliveries in Q4 of 2015.