Airbus reaches 12,000 deliveries

Airbus has announced the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft with the handover of an A220-100 to Delta Air Lines.

By the end of April, the European manufacturer had reached a total of 11,995 aircraft deliveries, including 68 of the A220 series, formerly the Bombardier CSeries.

Airbus says the milestone figure was officially reached on 20 May with the delivery of Delta’s 12th A220. The airline currently has 40 A220-100s and 50 A220-300s on order.

In addition to 12,000 deliveries, Airbus is also approaching its 20,000th order overall. By the end of April, the airframer had reached 19,282 total orders, including 400 absorbed from last year’s acquisition of the CSeries.

Airbus, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2, to Air France in 1974.

Its A320 family is its highest selling product to date, with a total of 8,135 orders and another 6,504 for the re-engined A320neo family.