MIAMI — A VietJet Air A321 has become the 9000th Airbus aircraft delivered, another significant breakthrough that reaffirms the continuing dynamism of the commercial aviation sector.
The event, celebrated in the Airbus facilities in Hamburg on Friday, also marked the delivery of the first A321 delivered to VietJet, which like the 8000th aircraft (an A320 delivered to Air Asia last August) seem to confirm the growth of air travel in the Asia-Pacific region, led by low-cost carriers.
“The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing high demand for aircraft across our product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The range of aircraft we offer today is unrivaled, meeting every airline requirement from 100 to over 500 seats with maximum efficiency, uncompromised comfort, and broad customer appeal.”
A constant market growth
During the last decade, Airbus has achieved a growth of 160% in its delivery numbers, reaching a total of 629 units delivered last year, and comprised mostly of its top-seller A320 jetliner family.
Interestingly, 75% of the current backlog order corresponds to this airliner family, ranging from its smallest member, the A318, to the 165-seat A321.
Since the delivery of its first aircraft (an A300 to Air France in 1974), Airbus has developed a comprehensive product line, from the single aisle A320 family to the double-deck A380. In the freight sector, the aerospace firm currently offers the new-build A330-200F, plus the A330 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) program.
As of late February, over 15,300 units have been ordered by nearly 500 customers and operators, with a record backlog that has climbed to over 6,300 aircraft, exceptional numbers that attest a roaring market success.