Last year (2014) was a bright spot in the aerospace market, with two industry-leading companies – Boeing and Airbus – breaking industry records in the area of commercial transport aircraft.
Boeing broke an aerospace industry record in 2014, delivering an impressive 723 airplanes in a single year. Airbus has, likewise, announced significant achievements.
Airbus officials this month announced that the company exceeded its targets for 2014. The airframe manufacturer delivering 629 aircraft to 89 customers, of which eight were new clients. “Airbus’ aircraft deliveries in 2014 were up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013,” a company spokesperson says.
Airbus officials are calling 2014 was the second best year in company history. Specifically, Airbus Group won 1,456 net orders from 67 customers, of which 14 are new; the airframe manufacturer also reached a record backlog – and not just a company record, but an industry record.
“By year end, the backlog had climbed to a new industry record of 6,386 aircraft valued at US $919.3 billion at list prices,” says a spokesperson.
“2014 has been an excellent year and the teams in Airbus not only delivered on, but exceeded their targets and commitments,” explains Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier. “Airbus also made strong progress towards a faster, simpler, and more agile company, while our strategy of incremental innovation is helping to consolidate our market-leading position in all categories.”
During 2015, Airbus management is setting its sights on such key milestones as the A350 XWB’s commercial service entry and production increases, as well as deliveries of the first A320neo jetliner and A330 variant.