2009-01-05 - 12th A380 this year nowAirbus delivers 12 A380s in 2008
On 30 December, Airbus reached its target of delivering 12 A380 aircraft in 2008, bringing the total number of A380s delivered to date to 13. The first A380 was delivered to Singapore Airlines on 15th October 2007, with five more delivered to the airline in 2008.
Qantas received three A380s in 2008, and Emirates four - the most recent of which was delivered on the 30th December 2008 from the Airbus delivery centre in Hamburg, Germany. "We have met our 2008 delivery schedule", said Tom Enders, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer. "That was only possible thanks to a tremendous team effort. This gives us a good basis to further ramp up our production in 2009. With the in-service fleet steadily growing, our airline customers are benefiting from lower operating costs while their passengers are benefiting from unequalled cabin comfort and quietness. The environment is benefiting too. With lower emissions and noise, the A380 is the most eco-efficient aircraft in service today." Orders for the aircraft stand at 198 from 16 customers.