Boeing’s year-to-date aircraft orders
surges ahead of Airbus
Boeing ended the first eight months of 2018 with a net order
total of 564 commercial aircraft, more than double the 218
net total that Airbus recorded for the same period.
Boeing’s order book surged in August, more than tripling
July’s input with firm orders placed for 99 new aircraft, valued at approximately $13 billion at list prices. The US manufacturer’s August report included orders placed by lessors Air
Lease Corp. ( 30 737 MAX 8s and three 787-9s) and Aviation
Capital Group ( 20 MAX 8s) originally announced at the
Farnborough Air Show in July.
Other major customers for the month included Boeing’s
wholly-owned lending and leasing subsidiary Boeing Capital
Corporation, which ordered five 787-9s and a 777F; and an
unidentified customer that capped the month with a booking for 40 737 MAX family aircraft, valued at approximately
Boeing’s output rebounded in August as well, with 60
commercial aircraft delivered to 32 airlines and nine lessors,
a pace of 1. 9 aircraft per day (as opposed to Boeing’s July
deliveries of 40 aircraft, a 1. 3 per day pace). Over 70% of
Boeing’s August deliveries were 737s ( 22 MAXs, 20 737-800s
and three 737-900ERs).
China’s Xiamen Airlines received four 737 MAXs, leading
the month’s customer delivery tally, followed by three aircraft
each to Dallas/Fort-Worth-based American Airlines (two
737 MAXs and a 787-9), Beijing-based Everbright Financial
Leasing (all 737-800s) and Industrial and Commercial Bank
of China (ICBC) Leasing, which took two 737 MAXs and a
Boeing’s August orders and deliveries update, released
Sept. 11, revealed the sources of three earlier orders placed
in 2018 that had been attributed to unidentified customers:
United Parcel Service (UPS), which placed orders for three
767-300Fs in March, followed by two more orders for the
same model in June, valued at about $1.1 billion total; and
FedEx Express, which ordered three 777Fs in February, valued
at about $977.1 million.
Through Aug. 31, subtracting deliveries to military, government, private or business jet customer, Boeing delivered 501
commercial aircraft compared to Airbus’ 431.
Airbus delivered 53 commercial aircraft to 24 airlines and
seven lessors during the month, about 1. 7 aircraft per day, a
slowdown of the Toulouse-based manufacturer’s high pace of
2. 7 per day set in in June and July.
Firm orders from two customers were booked in August
for a total of five A320 family aircraft, though none could be
identified as coming from the manufacturer’s 475 new aircraft orders and commitments announced at Farnborough.
Lufthansa ordered three A320ceos and Air New Zealand
ordered two A321neos; the combined value of the new
bookings came to approximately $562 million at current list
Leading the month’s delivery tally, UK LCC easyJet received
five aircraft in August (three A320neos, one A321neo and one
A320ceo), followed by four aircraft for Indian LCC IndiGo (all
A320neos) and three each for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines
(all A321ceos), US ultra-LCC Frontier Airlines (all A320neos)
and Vietnamese LCC VietJet Air (two A321neos and an
In other notable deliveries, Air China received its first two
A350-900 XWBs (out of 10 ordered), China’s Sichuan Airlines
took its first A350-900, via Irish lessor AerCap, and Hong
Kong-based Cathay Pacific took delivery of its third A350-
1000 (out of 20 ordered).
The first Airbus A220-300s (formerly known as Bombardier
C300s) were delivered in August as well. Latvia’s airBaltic
received its 11th aircraft of the type (out of 50 ordered) but
its first as an Airbus-branded jet. AirBaltic was the A220-
300 launch customer back when the aircraft was part of
Bombardier’s CSeries program. SWISS also took its first
A220-300, its 16th aircraft of the type, out of 20 originally
ordered. And Korean Air received its first Airbus-branded
A220-300, simultaneously its seventh aircraft of the type,
out of 10 ordered.
As of Aug. 31, Airbus’s backlog of aircraft remaining to be
delivered came to 7,415 jets, which the manufacturer said
represents approximately nine years of production at current
Through the end of August, Airbus has announced firm
orders for a gross total of 273 commercial aircraft, 58% of
which are A320neo family, 9% A320ceo family, 26% mid-range widebodies (A330s and A350s) and 7% ultra-large
widebodies (Emirates’ February order for 20 A380s).
Subtracting 55 announced cancellations and conversions,
Airbus’ net total orders for the year to-date come to 218 new
Boeing 737 MAX