Driven by a passion for aviation and a desire to create better ways to fly, the over-four-decade-long Airbus success story is now an achievement that spans 10,000 aircraft.
Airbus’ success story comes from a time of slow growth, patience, and a variety of aircraft that were capable of changing the way that we see the air travel industry. The company emerged as an aircraft manufacturer where they started off competing in the dynamic twin-engine market.
With the handover of an A350-900 to Singapore Airlines, Airbus marked the 10,000th aircraft provided to worldwide customers since the aircraft manufacturer’s initial delivery in 1974.
Emblazoned with a special "10,000th Airbus" logo, the plane will be used to launch the airline's new Singapore to San Francisco direct route later this month. The long-haul route's flying time will vary between 14 hours and 35 minutes, and an epic 17 hours and 45 minutes, depending on direction and winds.
Singapore Airlines placed its first order with Airbus in 1979 and became the launch customer for the world's largest passenger aircraft in 2005. The first route for that plane was from Singapore to Sydney.
Each member of Airbus’ product line also is a “record-breaker” – starting with the A300, the first widebody, twin-engine jetliner. The A320 Family currently holds the mark as the most common aircraft in commercial service, while the A330 Family last year flew more flights than any other widebody.
Airbus has an overall success after the hard work of nearly five decades paying off. The airline now advertise a $952bn order book with yearly revenues of over $45 billion but still has work to do in order to create the visions that they seek.
Airbus seems to be progressing well to overall success in the next few decades. They have big plans to deliver another 10,000 aircraft by the end of the next decade.