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Airbus celebrates 12,000 aircraft delivered

An A220-100 assembled in Mirabel, Canada, was handed over to Delta Air Lines, which has a firm order for 90 A220s.

Airbus has celebrated the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft ever in its 50-year history. The A220-100, assembled in Mirabel, Canada, was then handed over to Delta Air Lines.

The aircraft is the 12th A220 delivered so far to Delta since the carrier received its first of the aircraft type in October 2018. The A220 started scheduled services with Delta in February 2019.

Delta is the first US airline to operate the A220 and is the biggest A220 customer, with a firm order for 90 aircraft, Airbus highlighted in a statement.

American presence
This delivery of a Canadian-made Airbus plane to a US-based airline spotlights the growing presence of Airbus in North America, Airbus said.

After the manufacturer’s takeover of the A220 program came into effect on July 1 last year, ground was broken in January of this year in Mobile, Alabama, for the construction of a second A220 final assembly line, set to start deliveries to US customers in 2020.

Airbus delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2 to Air France, back in 1974. Fast forward to 2010 and it handed over its 6,000th aircraft, 36 years after the first.

The pace has continued to accelerate, taking Airbus just nine years to double that number, reaching today’s 12,000th delivery on May 20.

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