Press release

Stephen Crabb responds to latest Airbus achievements

Secretary of State Stephen Crabb responds to Airbus' news of exceeding 2014 targets

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Airbus has exceeded its targets for 2014, achieving a new record of 629 aircraft deliveries for 89 customers of which eight are new, comprising 490 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330s, 30 A380s and also their first A350 XWB. This production achievement means that Airbus’ aircraft deliveries in 2014 were up for the 13th year in a row, surpassing the previous record set in 2013.

Airbus also achieved 1,456 net orders from 67 customers (of which 14 are new) – their second best year ever, comprising 1,321 single aisle aircraft and 135 widebodies. As a result, by year end, the backlog had climbed to a new industry record of 6,386 aircraft valued at US$ 919.3 billion at list prices.

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb said:

Today’s fantastic news from Airbus shows what an innovative and dynamic company can achieve when it invests in North Wales and harnesses the talent and skills in this part of the country .

Our long term economic plan is supporting companies like Airbus grow its order book and sustain thousands of jobs and opportunities for hardworking people - boosting the economy and helping establish our own Northern Powerhouse right here in Wales.

Published 13 January 2015