January 10, 2018 – European aircraft manufacturer Airbus defied teething ramp up challenges to its single aisle production to deliver 800 aircraft to 93 customers during 2018.
Deliveries were led by the A320 family line which closed the year with 626 units handed over to customers compared to 558 in 2017. Widebody deliveries totalled 154 unit comprising 12 A380’s, 93 A350’s and 49 A330’s which included three units of the 900neo which were handed over to launch customer TAP Portugal.
The company also logged 747 net orders off 1109 gross orders, taking the backlog to 7,577 aircraft.
“Despite significant operational challenges, Airbus continued its production ramp-up and delivered a record number of aircraft in 2018,” said Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
Tentative orders for the A330neo by Uganda and Rwanda are yet to feature in the backlog. It is understood Rwanda will be taking its pair of A330-900’s from a lessor while Uganda converted its MoU for a pair of -800neo’s into a firm commitment during the last week of December.
The company will report financial results February 14.