Airbus Delivered An Impressive 551 A320neos Last Year

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Earlier this month, Airbus released its official figures for 2019. In total, 642 A320 family aircraft were delivered to customers. 551 of these aircraft were specifically A320neo family. This includes the A321neo as well. The production ramp-up has been incredibly impressive as 2018 saw just 386 A320neo family aircraft delivered. This is an increase of 43% year-over-year.

2019 was a huge year for the A320neo program. Photo: Getty Images

“I am happy to see our commercial aircraft order and delivery numbers reflecting the continuous efforts to better serve our customers and bring our competitive products and services to the market…I sincerely thank our customers for their loyalty and the Airbus teams and our industry partners who made it possible.” -Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer

Airlines celebrate “first deliveries” in 2019

The Airbus marketing team and its executives were kept busy in 2019 as airlines around the world held delivery ceremonies for their first A320neos. Here are just a few of the airlines that welcomed the new aircraft type:

  • In August, Africa’s first Airbus A320neo was delivered to Air Seychelles.
  • Kazakh airline Air Astana held a ceremony of its own to introduce its gorgeous new A321LR. The ceremony was held at Astana’s technical center in Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport (Kazakhstan) in October.
Batik Air’s A320neo delivery photo. Photo: Airbus
Air Seychelles new A320neo
Air Seychelles’ new A320neo will have 12 business class seats. Photo: Air Seychelles.

In fact, many other airlines took their first A320neo in 2019. These include:

However, “first deliveries” weren’t the only type of delivery celebrated. In fact, the company delivered its 1,000th aircraft in the A320neo family in October. The aircraft went to Indian budget carrier, IndiGo.

Airbus delivery of 1000th A320neo
Airbus delivered its 1000th A320neo in October this year. Photo: Airbus

Momentum to continue

The manufacturer increased the official A320 production rate to 60 aircraft per month during 2019.  But the company isn’t stopping there. In fact, Airbus is targeting an additional raise to 63 jets per month from 2021.

Airbus is also looking at a further ramp-up with its supply chain as it considers increasing the rate by one or two in 2022 and the same in 2023. This could raise the A320 production rate to as high as 67 aircraft per month by 2023. This would be the equivalent of 804 jets per year.

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The A320 family has multiple engine options including Pratt & Whitney as well as CFM. Photo: Getty Images

Conclusion

Skies are looking blue for Airbus. Its order backlog in fact stretches through to 2025. We anticipate that the XLR’s eventual entry into service will produce even more demand as that new aircraft proves itself.

Do you think Boeing has any chance of catching up with its archrival? Let us know in the comments!

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