Boeing, Facing Plunging Deliveries, May Lose Title of Biggest Plane Maker to Airbus

By Jeremy Del Nero on 9 July 2019
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Boeing’s announcement Tuesday that Q2 deliveries had slid 54% year over year may mean that rival Airbus is poised to take the title of world’s largest aircraft manufacturer for the first time since 2012.

The Chicago-based company said it had shipped 239 aircraft in the first six months of the year compared with 378 in the same period last year. It reported that over 150 of the beleaguered 737 Max jets remain parked in storage.

Boeing hasn’t delivered any of its 737 Max aircraft since regulators in multiple countries grounded the aircraft following the second of two hull losses within a six-month period. Boeing continues to deliver an earlier 737 model, having shipped 24 in the second quarter of 2019, along with 42 787 Dreamliners, 12 777s, ten 767s, and two 747s.

Airbus, meanwhile, seems poised for a record year of deliveries, having successfully addressed multiple production issues. The Toulouse, France-based company delivered 389 aircraft in the first six months of 2019, compared with 303 in the same period in 2018.

The company has indicated it will build between 880 to 890 airliners in 2019. If Airbus hits its target for the year, it will likely ship more airliners than Boeing, which had originally said it will build 905 this year. Boeing has suspended delivery guidance as a result of the ongoing Max crisis.

Both Boeing and Airbus booked multiple deals at last month’s Paris Air Show.  In addition, deals that were announced following the show, including an order for 30 Airbus A320neo jets from Saudia’s discount subsidiary, Flyadeal, which walked away from a tentative deal with Boeing for up to 50 737 Max jets.  Boeing announced a deal with British Airways’ parent IAG after the Paris show for 200 737 Max aircraft, a deal not yet reflected in Boeing’s bookings.

Last year, Boeing edged out Airbus as the world’s largest plane maker by a mere six jets, this after both companies kept their factories humming during the end-of-year holidays.

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