Deliveries were more than 8% higher than the previous record of 635 set in 2015.
These included: 545 single aisle A320 Family of which 68 were A320neo, 66 A330s, 49 x A350 XWBs and 28 x A380s.
Over 40 percent of single aisle deliveries were the larger A321 models.
At the end of 2016, Airbus’ overall backlog stood at 6,874 aircraft valued at US$1,018 billion at list prices.
“We delivered on our objectives in a challenging environment, proving our ramp-up readiness for the future. I salute all our teams on this outstanding achievement,” said Fabrice Brégier, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and Chief Operating Officer of Airbus. He continued: “Our strong operational performance, combined with a robust market eager to place orders and take deliveries of aircraft in all sizes are an excellent springboard for our next step: Boosting deliveries, harnessing the advantages of Digital and extending our service portfolio globally.”
Airbus also commenced deliveries of both engine variants of the A320neo, the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft. Meanwhile, the Pratt & Whitney powered A321neo was certified and the first US-assembled aircraft, an A321, was delivered from Mobile, Alabama.
The Airspace by Airbus cabin brand was launched as the new standard in passenger experience for the A330neo and A350 XWB programmes.
Airbus also launched the Ifly A380 website enabling passengers to support differentiation and book flights on their A380 of choice.
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