Airbus has celebrated delivery of its 12,000th
aircraft, a very special moment in the 50-year history of the
European aircraft manufacturer.
The aircraft, an Airbus A220-100, was assembled
in Mirabel, Canada and handed over to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines.
The aircraft is the 12th A220 delivered to date
to Delta Air Lines since the carrier received its first A220 in
The A220, formerly the Bombardier C Series, started scheduled service with Delta in
Delta is not only the first U.S. airline to operate the
hugely popular A220, but it is also the largest A220 customer, with a firm order for 90
This milestone delivery of a Canadian-made
Airbus aircraft to a U.S.-based airline highlights the growing
presence of Airbus in North America. Since Airbus’ leadership of
the A220 programme became effective on 1 July 2018, ground was
broken in January this year in Mobile, Alabama for the
construction of a second A220 final assembly line, set 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 12,000th Airbus aircraft delivery on 20 May
To put this amazing achievement into some sort
of perspective, how many years do 12,000 days make? 32.8767 if
you divide by 365. That's one aircraft delivery every day for
almost 33 years. Wow!
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