AIRBUS COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT manufacturing giant, said on Friday, that it delivered 863 plans ahead of Boeing, its rival, in 2019.  It had a total of 1,131 new aircraft orders, with net orders at 768, compared to 747 in 2018, and backlog of 7,482 aircraft. This is eight percent higher than 2018 deliveries.

Airbus said this was its “best-ever return”, even though, it has been battling with production problems, which led to mid-year downward review of its forecasts. The delivered 863 commercial aircraft were made to 99 customers in 2019, “outpacing previous output record set in 2018, by eight percent”.

“In the 17th yearly production increase in a row, Airbus progressed on the transition to all NEO variants and by year end Airbus had delivered 173 wide-body aircraft, its highest number in a single year”, the aircraft manufacturing giant said.

Airbus breakdown showed that “The A220 achieved 63 net orders, confirming it as the leading aircraft in its category. The A320 Family continued its success with 654 net orders including an outstanding market response for the new A321XLR.

“At year end, the current Airbus wide-body offering comprised sales and repeat orders of 32 A350 Family and 89 A330 Family aircraft. Cancellations of 363 reflect specific airline situations in 2019 as well as the decision to end A380 production. At the turn of the year, Airbus’ backlog stood at 7,482 aircraft”, Airbus stated.

Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer said: “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.”

Airbus said it will report its 2019 Full Year Financial Results, in February 13, 2020.