Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 10,000th aircraft – an A350-900 for Singapore Airlines – on October 14. The milestone event was marked by a special ceremony in Toulouse hosted by Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders and attended by Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines.
The aircraft in question is the sixth A350-900 for Singapore Airlines, out of a total order for 67. Featuring 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.
Airbus delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2, to Air France on May 10, 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 highly successful A320. The widebody A330 and A340 were introduced in the early 1990s.
Airbus says a high level of design commonality exists through its aircraft types and has been retained across the company’s product line ever since, including on the double deck A380 and the all-new long range A350 XWB which entered service last year.
The current Airbus product line comprises a total of 16 models spread across four aircraft Families – the A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380.
Airbus says it has recorded over 16,700 orders for its various models and its aircraft are flying today with more than 400 airlines worldwide. It says its backlog of 6,700 aircraft on order for future delivery is the highest ever recorded by any aircraft manufacturer and represents some ten years of full production at current rates.