Airbus has this week delivered its 10,000th aircraft – a major milestone for the European manufacturer.
The aircraft, an A350-900 for Singapore Airlines (cn 54), features a special “10,000th Airbus” logo. The aircraft will be used to launch the airline’s new non-stop services between Singapore and San Francisco later this month.
The 10,000th Airbus delivery comes as the manufacturer achieves its highest level of production ever and is on track to deliver at least 650 aircraft this year from its extensive product line. These range from 100 to over 600 seats and efficiently meet every airline requirement, from high frequency short haul operations to the world’s longest intercontinental flights.
Airbus delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2, to Air France on 10 May 1974. Initially working exclusively in the widebody sector with the A300 and A310, the manufacturer moved into the single aisle market in the mid-1980s with the launch of the best-selling A320. Setting new standards in aircraft design, technologies introduced on the A320 were subsequently incorporated on the A330 and A340 in the early 1990s, marking the first time that single aisle and widebody aircraft benefitted from similar operational characteristics.
The current Airbus product line comprises a total of 16 models spread across four aircraft Families – the A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380.
You can find out where the Airbus prototype aircraft are today in our article, here [Catching Up With The Airbus Prototype Aircraft].