Airbus delivered more than 560 aircraft in 2020, according to tracking data and airline industry sources, putting it on course to beat arch-rival Boeing to be the world's largest plane maker for a second consecutive year.
The European aerospace group reached an informal target of 560 handovers, based on numbers that remain subject to auditing, the sources added.
Airbus, which is expected to announce 2020 orders and deliveries in the coming days, declined to comment ahead of its formal publication.
Insurmountable Lead Over Boeing
Total Airbus deliveries are expected to have fallen by approximately a third this year due to the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on air travel and airlines.
But the European manufacturer has an insurmountable lead over Boeing, which delivered 118 planes between the start of 2020 and the end of November, with the 737 MAX grounded during the period.