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Happy 5000th, Airbus!

Sat Sep 11, 2004 3:22 am

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.

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Happy 5000th, Airbus!

Sat Sep 11, 2004 3:32 am

From the Airbus statement:

Airbus has passed a significant landmark in August after receiving its 5,000th aircraft order.

How many have actually been delivered to date? The 5,000th to be delivered would be more of a milestone to embrace.

.....just five per cent is more than 20 years old.

Airbus' first civilian airliner, the A300, is barely 30 years old, so that stat isn't pertinant. The proof is in the statement itself: it took 15 years to sell the first 1,000 aircraft.

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Happy 5000th, Airbus!

Sat Sep 11, 2004 5:22 am

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...
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Happy 5000th, Airbus!

Sat Sep 11, 2004 6:12 am

I second that, A380900:

 Big thumbs up Well done Airbus  Big thumbs up
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Happy 5000th, Airbus!

Sat Sep 11, 2004 6:20 am

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?


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Happy 5000th, Airbus!

Sat Sep 11, 2004 7:03 am

SATL382G: To answer your question, Boeing has delivered a total of 4,672 737's since their introduction in 1967.

To any and all who may be interested, since Airbus began delivering civilian jetliners in 1973 (31 years), a total of 3,630 Airbus' have been delivered.

Since Boeing began delivering civilian jetliners in 1958 (46 years), a total of 11,310 Boeing's have been delivered.

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RE: Happy 5000th, Airbus!

Sat Sep 11, 2004 7:39 am

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!

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RE: Happy 5000th, Airbus!

Sat Sep 11, 2004 8:41 am

Hats off to Airbus, a true leader in beauty of 2 engined A/C (talking about the 333). Let's hope it will be around for long to come!

BTW.. what was the 5000th order and who by?

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RE: Happy 5000th, Airbus!

Sat Sep 11, 2004 9:11 am

Go Airbus Go, Well done, Congrats.

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