Airbus achieves record 510 deliveries in 2010

Airbus reports that it increased its production output for the ninth year in a row and achieved a new company record of 510 commercial aircraft deliveries to 94 customers (of which 19 were new), surpassing the previous year’s 498.

The total was made up of 401 A320 family aircraft, 91 A330/A340s and 18 A380s.

Airbus booked 644 commercial aircraft orders in 2010, which equated to an overall backlog increase of 574 once cancellations were included. The value of the new orders surpassed $84 billion gross ($74 billion net) at list prices. This represents 51% by units of the 2010 gross worldwide market share of aircraft beyond 100 seats (52% net).

The new commercial orders include 452 A320 family aircraft, 160 A330/A340/A350XWB family aircraft, and 32 new orders for the A380. At 2010 year end, Airbus’s commercial orderbook backlog was 3,552 aircraft, equalling six years of full production.

Airbus says its Power8 programme has it has helped it to regain its competitiveness. In addition, progress in the A380 programme has allowed the company to reduce the temporary workforce considerably. However, hundreds of temporary positions were turned into full-time Airbus contracts creating a large number of new jobs in particular in engineering and production.

"2010 was a good year, in fact better than expected twelve months ago. The market rebound and improved programme performance has been particularly encouraging. However, with plenty of challenges, especially in our development programmes, we’ll have to work hard to further improve and also make 2011 a successful year for Airbus,” commented Tom Enders, Airbus president and CEO (pictured).

For 2011, Airbus is expecting again a further increase in deliveries and a book-to-bill ratio above one. “This is the result of strong airline demand for new and more eco-efficient aircraft," Enders continued. "We respond to our customer’s requests by introducing the right technologies at the right time as per the launch of the A320neo."

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