MIAMI — Airbus celebrated today a major milestone today in Toulouse, France, when the airframer delivered its 10,000th aircraft.
The jetliner, an A350-900 XWB — the company’s latest model — was handed over to Singapore Airlines (SIA). The carrier is one of Airbus’ key customers, and it has been an operator of all Airbus widebodies built. From the A300, to the A380, of which was launch customer in 2007.
Today the mainline carrier operates the A330, A350 XWB and A380, while its regional subsidiaries Silkair and Tigerair fly the A320 family aircraft.
“We are especially proud to celebrate this milestone with Singapore Airlines – one of our longest standing customers and a true partner. Today, the SIA Group operates aircraft from across our complete product line and with the highest levels of technical excellence. There is no better endorsement for our products and we thank the entire SIA Group for its ongoing confidence, partnership and support.” Airbus CEO Tom Enders said as the jet was handed over to SIA.
The aircraft delivered today is the sixth of 67 A350-900s on order, and it features a special “10,000th Airbus” logo, and it will be used to launch the airline’s new non-stop service between Singapore and San Francisco later this month.
“Singapore Airlines is honored to be receiving the 10,000th aircraft that Airbus has delivered. Airbus aircraft have contributed greatly to Singapore Airlines’ successes over the decades, and we are proud to be sharing this important milestone with our longstanding and trusted partner,” said Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines.
10,000 Down, 7,000 to Go
Airbus delivered its first aircraft in 1974, an A300B2 to Air France. Initially working exclusively in the widebody sector with the A300 and A310, Airbus moved into the single aisle market in the mid-1980s with the launch of the A320.
The technologies introduced on the A320 family aircraft were subsequently incorporated on the A330 and A340 in the early 1990s, marking the first time that single aisle and wide body aircraft benefited from similar operational characteristics, retaining this level of design commonality across the company’s product line ever since, including on the A380 and the A350 XWB, which entered service last year.
The current product line comprises a total of 16 models spread across four aircraft Families – the A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380.