Mirabel, Québec – Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft ever in its 50-year history. The aircraft was an A220-100, assembled in Mirabel, Canada and handed over to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines.
This is the 12th A220 delivered to Delta Air Lines since the carrier received its first in October 2018. The A220 started scheduled service with Delta in February 2019. Delta is the first U.S. airline to operate the aircraft and, with a firm order for 90 planes, is the largest A220 customer so far.
This milestone delivery of a Canadian-made Airbus aircraft to a U.S.-based airline highlights the growing presence of Airbus in North America. Leadership of the A220 programme by Airbus became effective on July 1st 2018, and construction of a second A220 final assembly line, in Mobile, Alabama, began in January 2019 and is expected to start deliveries to U.S. customers in 2020.
Airbus delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2 to Air France, back in 1974. Fast forward to 2010, Airbus handed over its 6,000th aircraft, 36 years after its first. The pace continued to accelerate, taking Airbus just nine years to double that number, reaching today’s 12,000th Airbus aircraft delivery, on May 20, 2019.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.