Airbus has delivered its 9,000th commercial jet, at a ceremony at Finkenwerder Airfield near Hamburg on March 20.
The milestone aircraft is the first Airbus A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir. The A321 will join the carrier’s all-A320-family fleet, for service on VietJetAir’s fast-growing Asia-Pacific network.
“The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers.
“We are excited to be adding the A321 to our fleet today as we continue to develop our innovative value-based model in Asia-Pacific,” said Luu Duc Khanh, managing director of VietJetAir.
VietJetAir began flying commercially at the end of 2011. It now operates a fleet of 22 Airbus A320-family aircraft on a network covering Vietnam and a growing number of destinations across Asia.
The Airbus A321 delivered on March 20 is the first of seven ordered by the airline as part of an major aircraft acquisition plan for up to 100 A320-family aircraft announced by the airline in early 2014.
Airbus delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2, in 1974.
The manufacturer’s 9,000th delivery comes less than two years after Airbus delivered its 8,000th aircraft, a milestone the manufacturer achieved in August 2013.
Over the past 10 years, Airbus has doubled its deliveries to reach over 600 aircraft a year today. The company says its annual-deliveries figure is set to rise further as demand grows.