How many Airbus models are there

Top 10 - The most built Airbus aircraft

On December 18, 1970, Airbus Industrie was founded. The newcomer from Europe soon developed into Boeing's biggest competitor. Many models also became bestsellers thanks to technical innovations. At the end of July 2018, the company booked 18,807 aircraft, of which 11,343 have been delivered. The founders would certainly not have expected such numbers more than four decades ago. Our top 10 shows the most popular Airbus models to date. Since production of the A350 XWB and A321neo is still ramping up and the new A330neo is just about to fled, only three commercial aircraft fall off the charts in addition to the latest models. Only 80 copies of the A318 were sold, while only 131 of the A340-500 and A340-600 were sold. But the baby jet and the range wonders remain the exception. Airbus predicts a need for over 35,000 new commercial aircraft in the next 20 years. Who knows what the leaderboard will look like ...

10th place: 229 copies

The first Airbus A380 in the new look from Etihad Airways at the presentation in Hamburg. Photo and copyright: Airbus / Lange

Airbus A380-800

The world's largest airliner took off on its maiden flight on April 27, 2005 and was handed over to Singapore Airlines on October 15, 2007. By the end of July 2018, Airbus had delivered 229 of the 331 units ordered to date. The A380 flies with Air France, Asiana, British Airways, China Southern, Emirates, Etihad, Korean, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and since July 2018 also Hi Fly.

9th place: 246 copies

Airbus A340-300 from Swiss. Photo and copyright: Swiss

Airbus A340-200 / -300

With the A340, Airbus entered completely new terrain and developed a four-engine airliner for the first time. As with the A320 family, the Europeans relied on the CFM56 engine after the “SuperFan” derivation of the V2500, which was equipped with a reduction gear, had to be abandoned by International Aero Engines. The first flight of the basic variant A340-300 took place on October 25, 1991. The A340-200, which is 4.68 meters shorter, followed on April 1, 1992. The last A340-300 was delivered in September 2008.

8th place: 255 copies

Balair started as a handling company and later entered the charter business with the Airbus A310. In October 2001 the end came for Balair. Photo and Copyright: Airbus

Airbus A310

In the late 1970s, Airbus began developing a shortened version of the A300 as the company's second model. The A310 took off on its maiden flight on April 3, 1982. The largest customers were Sinpapore Airlines (23 aircraft), Lufthansa (20) and Pan Am (18). Uzbekistan Airways took delivery of the last A310 on June 15, 1998 in Toulouse. According to Airbus, 83 are still flying today, most of them as freighters.

7th place: 335 copies

The A320neo from Lufthansa. Photo and copyright: Lufthansa.

Airbus A320neo

The A320neo completed its maiden flight on September 25, 2014. Lufthansa received the first A320neo on January 20, 2016 and put it into service on the route from Frankfurt to Munich. There are now 4115 orders for the modernized A320 variant. Despite the fact that production is still ramping up and is still struggling with problems, the A320neo, with 335 aircraft produced, has already reached 7th place among the most frequently built Airbus aircraft.

6th place: 561 copies

Roll out of the first A300 at Airbus (C) Airbus Photo

Airbus A300

The first Airbus was also one of the most successful to date: 561 A300s were built in Toulouse by April 18, 2007. The first flight took place on October 28, 1972. The two prototypes A300B1 were followed by the first series variant, the A300B2, and the A300B4 equipped with an additional fuel tank. The A300-600 later received some improvements from the smaller A310. The A300-600R had a further increased range. The freight variant was very popular with US companies. The largest individual customers are UPS with 53 and FedEx with 42 aircraft. Other major customers were American Airlines (35), Eastern Airlines (34), Thai Airways (33), Japan Air System (32), Korean Air (32), Lufthansa (23), Air France (23) Egypt Air (17) and China Airlines (15).

5th place: 667 copies

An Alitalia Airbus A330-200 taking off. Photo and Copyright: Airbus

Airbus A330-200 and -200F

As with the A340, Airbus opted for two different fuselage lengths for the A330. The A330-200 is 4.68 meters shorter than the basic variant and has a range that is around 2000 kilometers longer. The first flight took place on August 13, 1997. The cargo variant A330-200F flew for the first time on November 5, 2009. To date, Airbus has sold 704 copies of the A330-200, including 42 freighters. The current order backlog is 33 A330-200s and four A330-200Fs.

4th place: 746 copies

Airbus A330-300 from Delta Air Lines. Photo and Copyright: Delta Air Lines

Airbus A330-300

Even if the A330neo should soon go into service with the first operator TAP, the A330-300 will remain attractive. The current order backlog is 41 aircraft. The twin-jet took off on November 2, 1992 on its maiden flight.

3rd place: 1470 copies

An Airbus A319 of Deutsche Lufthansa at take-off. Photo and copyright: Lufthansa

Airbus A319

Almost two years after the A321, the smaller A319 expanded the A320 family. The first machine took off on August 29, 1995 in Hamburg on its maiden flight. On May 8, 1996, Swiss flew the first scheduled service with the A319. The largest single customer is easyJet with 172 units. The current order backlog is 19 aircraft.

2nd place: 1682 copies

American Airlines' new A321T with three-class cabin serves main transcontinental routes from the east to the west coast. Photo and Copyright: Airbus

Airbus A321

The A321 has also exceeded the sound limit of 1000 copies. The current order backlog is 118 aircraft. The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family and a full 13 meters longer than the A318. The first flight took place on March 11, 1993. Lufthansa was the first airline to take over the A321 on January 27, 1994. The airliner can accommodate up to 220 passengers.

1st place: 4646 copies

Airbus A320 from Air Asia. Photo and Copyright: Airbus

Airbus A320

The undisputed top position in the Airbus product range is occupied by the A320. This will stay that way for a long time, because the current order backlog is 121 machines. However, the successor A320neo has already received orders for 4115 aircraft. After the first flight of the A320 on February 22, 1987, the first delivery took place on March 23, 1988 to Air France.