Airbus has racked up 12,000 deliveries with the handover of the latest A220-100 to Delta Air Lines.

The manufacturer has achieved 11,995 deliveries at the end of April. This was helped by the purchase of the A220 programme, previously the Bombardier C-Series in 2018.

Airbus reached the landmark occasion on 20 May with the delivery of a twelfth A220 to the US carrier, which already has 40 A220-100s and 50 A220-300s on order.

Airbus is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, having delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2, to Air France in 1974.

The current order book for the company comprises: 2,108 A330/340s, 893 A350s and 290 A380s – although several of the latter are due to be cancelled. The company also took orders for 816 A300/310s.

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