Airbus delivered 863 commercial aircraft to 99 customers in 2019, outpacing its previous output record set in 2018 by 8%. In the 17th yearly production increase in a row, it progressed on the transition to all NEO variants and by year end, it had delivered 173 wide-body aircraft, its highest number in a single year.
The company also had a strong year of sales with a total of 1,131 new orders. Net orders reached 768, compared to 747 in 2018, underlining customer endorsements in all market segments and taking Airbus’ overall historical cumulative net orders over the 20,000 mark.
The A220 achieved 63 net orders, confirming it as the leading aircraft in its category. The A320 family continued its success with 654 net orders, including an outstanding market response for the new A321XLR.
At year end, the current Airbus wide-body offering comprised sales and repeat orders of 32 A350 family and 89 A330 family aircraft. Cancellations of 363 reflect specific airline situations in 2019 as well as the decision to end A380 production. At the turn of the year, its backlog stood at 7,482 aircraft.
“Our commercial aircraft order and delivery numbers reflect the continuous efforts to better serve our customers and bring our competitive products and services to the market,” said Guillaume Faury, chief executive officer of Airbus.