Airbus beats Boeing in record year
Airbus achieved a new company record of 510 commercial aircraft deliveries in 2010, beating last year’s total of 498 and marking the first time it has achieved more than 500 deliveries in a single year. The result also allowed Airbus to stay ahead of its main rival, Boeing. The European planemaker comprehensively beat its US counterpart’s annual delivery total of 396 commercial aircraft, marking the eighth consecutive year Airbus’s deliveries have outpaced Boeing’s. Airbus delivered planes to 94 customers last year, of which 19 were new. Deliveries comprised 401 A320 Family aircraft, 91 A330/A340s and 18 A380s.
Airbus booked 644 gross commercial aircraft orders (574 net) in 2010, compared to Boeing’s 625 (535 net). The value of the new orders surpassed US$84 billion (US$74 billion net) at list prices. This result means that Airbus achieved 51% gross global market share, in terms of units sold, for aircraft in excess of 100 seats. The new commercial orders include 452 A320 Family aircraft, 160 A330/A340/A350 XWB aircraft, and 32 new orders for the A380. At year-end 2010 year end, Airbus’ commercial order backlog was 3,552 aircraft valued at over US$480 billion at list prices, or six full years of production.
“2010 was a good year, in fact better than expected 12 months ago,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President & CEO. “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.”