HI-RES PIC (click for larger): The 7000th Airbus aircraft, an A321 for US Airways, takes off. Check the German flag on the tail. Photo from Airbus.

HI-RES PIC (click for larger): The 7000th Airbus aircraft, an A321 for US Airways, takes off. Check the German flag on the tail. Photo from Airbus.

Airbus was originally founded in 1970 as a consortium of aerospace manufactures to better compete with Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed. Their first aircraft was the A300, which first flight on October 28, 1972 and since then, the manufacture has created many successful aircraft that have flown millions of passengers around the world. A big milestone was reached by the company on December 12th; Airbus delivered its 7000th plane. The special aircraft was an A321 that was delivered to US Airways.

’œIt’s particularly fitting that our 7,000th aircraft is an A321 going to US Airways. The airline not only operates the largest fleet of Airbus aircraft in the world; with over 220 A320 Family aircraft flying in US Airways colours today,’ said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. ’œThis milestone is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of Airbus teams around the world. We have improved efficiencies company-wide and this has enabled us to deliver record numbers of latest generation aircraft at continually increasing rates, with an environmental footprint ever decreasing.’

It was only two short years ago that Airbus delivered their 6000th aircraft, which was an A380 for Emirates in January 2010.

As of November, 2011, Airbus has received a total of 11,438 orders, with 816 for the A300/A310 family, 8251 for the A320 family, 2128 for the A330/A340/A350 family and 243 for the A380.

A big congrats to Airbus on their 7000th delivery, let’s see how long it takes to make the 8000 mark.

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So, is the German flag on the tail because US has not “Officially” taken ownership yet? Will it be changed to the Stars & Stripes when they are the operating/owning carrier of this aircraft? Will the tail number change too?

Hey Derek,

Yup, just use the German flag and temp reg# during testing and it gets changed over to the nation’s flag of the airline and their reg# at delivery. Boeing works the same way. Just really weird seeing the German flag on a tail with an American flag as the livery.


How befitting to deliver the 7000th A321 to the airline that a few years ago managed to produce Miracle on the Hudson (though with A320).

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