Airbus posts record orders

Jan 13, 2014, 10:59 AM EST
An Airbus A300 Beluga aircraft is loaded with wings at the Airbus SAS wing assembly factory on November 7, 2013 in Broughton, United Kingdom.

Airbus posted an industry record of 1,619 new airplane orders in 2013, pushing its backlog to almost nine years of production, and said it was examining the potential for a two-stage increase in production of its most popular jets. The European aircraft maker exceeded commercial targets in 2013, achieving a new record of 626 aircraft deliveries (493 A320 Family aircraft, 108 A330, 25 A380) to 93 customers.