Airbus delivered a company record of 588 aircraft to 89 customers and exceeded its order target of 650 by winning 914 gross orders, the company announced Thursday.
President and CEO Fabrice Bregier told journalists in Toulouse the manufacturer “delivered more orders than we planned and received more than we originally expected.” He added the European aircraft manufacturer has a 41% market share, 2% higher than the original target.
The orders include 305 A320ceos, 478 A320neos, 82 A330/A340s, 40 A350 XWBs and nine A380s. Airbus’ backlog stands at 4,682 aircraft valued at over $638 billion at list prices, the company said.
Deliveries were 10% higher than the 2011 record of 534 and 2012 was the 11th year in a row of increased production.
Airbus COO-customers John Leahy said, “We are no longer dependent on Europe and the eurozone. We are strong in markets like Latin America or Asia. We need a backlog that resists potential crises—that’s why Asia and Latin America are important markets.”
In single aisles, Airbus set a new record of 455 deliveries compared with 421 in 2011. Widebody deliveries reached a record 103 aircraft compared with 87 in 2011.
Airbus said the A330 family is being produced at the highest monthly production rates ever at 9.5 in 2012 and will increase to 10 this spring.
A total of 30 A380s were delivered compared to 26 the previous year.
Looking ahead, Airbus said that this year’s highlights will include the production of the A350 XWB (NSN 001) and its first flight in mid-year, the assembly of the A320neo, and the A380 secure wing retrofit and line fit.
Airbus has increased the average list prices of its aircraft by 3.6%, effective Jan. 1. “The list price for an A380 will be now $403.9 million,” Leahy added.