Gearup From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 578 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1641 times:
Taken from the Airbus website today Sep. 10, 2004
Well done Airbus! Congratulations
Airbus has passed a significant landmark in August after receiving its 5,000th aircraft order. The news comes just over 30 years after Airbus received its first ever order from Air France for the A300B2 type aircraft – the first commercial aircraft manufactured by Airbus.
Since the first Airbus aircraft went into service in 1974 with Air France, Airbus has seen sales of its aircraft gain increasing momentum. By 1989, after its first 15 years in operation, Airbus had sold 1,000 aircraft. Less than half that time again, just seven years later in 1996, sales had risen to 2,000. Sales of Airbus aircraft had reached 3,000 in 1998, again cutting the time it took to sell another 1,000 planes by more than half. And by 2000 a total of 4,000 aircraft had been sold to the market.
The number of Airbus customers has now risen to 192 and the aircraft manufacturer boasts 225 operators of its aircraft. This has grown from 126 operators in 1994 and 42 operators in 1984.
Although the Airbus fleet has accumulated some 72 million flight hours over the last 30 years and an Airbus aircraft now takes off or lands every four seconds, it is the youngest and most modern in service. Around 70 per cent of the entire Airbus fleet is less than 10 years old. Approximately 25 per cent is between 10 and 20 years old and just five per cent is more than 20 years old.
In the last 30 years Airbus has designed and manufactured 12 different aircraft types to meet the various needs of the industry and Airbus aircraft are now represented all around the world. In 1974, Airbus delivered its first ever aircraft an A300, which was followed by the A310 in 1983 and the A320 in 1988. First deliveries of the A340-300 and A330-300 were in 1993 and the A321 in 1994. Following this was the A319 in 1996, the A330-200 in 1998 and the A340-600 in 2002. Most recently, in 2003, Airbus delivered its smallest aircraft to date the A318 and also the A340-500, which is the longest range aircraft available. Its latest addition, the A380 - the largest commercial airliner ever produced - is due to enter into service in 2006.
Serving all types of operations, from low-cost to top-of-the-range, long-haul to freighter, the Airbus product range meets the needs of every type of customer.
From Airbus’ total order book, which is now more than 5,000 aircraft, 27 per cent have been ordered from Europe, 43 per cent from North America, 18 per cent from the Far East, six per cent from the Middle East, four per cent from Latin America and two per cent from Africa.
Airbus’ success is based on the development of many of the innovations that are now standard throughout the industry. It uses cutting-edge designs and the latest technical innovations, where appropriate and beneficial to the operator. This includes developing the first twin-aisle twin and Airbus’ fly-by-wire control system, which has bought an unequalled level of operational commonality across its aircraft. As well as being cost effective, Airbus aircraft provide the highest level of operational performance and passenger comfort.
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market. They range in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats and incorporate the latest state-of-the-art technologies. Airbus has delivered more than 3,500 aircraft to some 260 customers and operators worldwide, and boasts a healthy delivery backlog of some 1,400 aircraft, which, at current rates, represents close to five years of production. With an annual turnover of €19.2 billion in 2003, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK and Spain, as well as subsidiaries in the US, China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE Systems.
A380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
Well done. It is truly remarkable indeed. This company is a huge industrial success. Where will competition come from now? A born again Boeing? Brazil? Russia? China? Anyway the debate is pretty much settled for the next 15 years. I would say that Airbus is more dominant now than Boeing was in the 70s. For one thing, Russia is out of the game, MD, Lockheed...
SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1473 times:
An industrial success no doubt, but born of governments and brought up on the industrial successes of others. Time for Airbus to start innovating vs.
doing the same old thing it does so well (innovating...something Boeing should start doing again BTW!!)
P.S. Somebody tell me again how many 737s have been sold in the time it took Airbus to get it's 5000 orders?
Radelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1399 times:
Boeing is, and will remain, Airbus' chief competitor. They have both achieved maturity and I think that over the next several decades you'll see them swapping position back and forth. Competition is good and both companies make excellent aircraft. Some things need to change in terms of financing for Airbus, and I believe they will. But some of the free rides on things that Boeing has gotten need to change as well. The next 10-15 years should be very exciting in commercial aviation! I, for one, am looking forward to it!