Airbus: 12,000th aircraft is an A220-100

Montreal, Canada - The European aircraft manufacturer delivered the 12,000th aircraft built at Airbus plants, an A220-100 for Delta Air Lines.

On May 20, Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft. It is also the 12th Airbus A220-100 jet delivered to Delta Air Lines. The American carrier has 78 A220 aircraft (28 A220-100, 50 A220-300) more on order with Airbus making the airline biggest customer of the Bombardier's former CSeries.

This milestone delivery is also highlighting the growing presence of Airbus in North America.

Airbus started the construction of a second FAL for the assembly of A220 series jets in Mobile, Alabama after it took over a majority stake in the Canadian manufacturer's CSeries program last year in July.

The new Final Assembly Line is expected to start deliveries in 2020 for the aircraft's American customers.

Airbus delivered its first aircraft to Air France in 1974. It was an A300B2. 36 years after the first delivery, Airbus delivered its 6,000th aircraft in 2010.

The production rate has continued to increase exponentially since then. It took the manufacturer only nine years to double that number.

First aircraft delivered by Airbus, an A300B2