Airbus and Boeing level out for the year in a record-breaking February

Unmistakably London Gatwick: Hong Kong Airlines received a third A330-200 in February, allowing it to get its 116-seat all-business service underway to London-Gatwick on March 8.’s publisher, Paul Hogan, gave the Hainan Airlines group member the thumbs up – and  presented them with an award-winning cake .

Last month, Airbus and Boeing delivered a combined total of 93 aircraft, making it the most productive February since started monitoring the manufacturers’ deliveries in 2008. Not only have the two competitors exceed last year’s deliveries by almost a quarter, but also managed to maintain record output for the second consecutive month this year. Widebody aircraft account for slightly more than a quarter of all deliveries; a slight increase on the previous share. With 47 and 46 aircraft delivered respectively in February, Airbus and Boeing have each supplied 84 units this year.

Airbus: 47 deliveries in February 2012 (36 single-aisle, 11 widebody)

Airbus Deliveries (February 2012)

Source: Airbus

With 36 narrow and 11 wide body aircraft delivered last month, Airbus had a record February. Notably, the European manufacturer has increased its number of deliveries for both single and twin-aisle aircraft.

In the narrow-body division, A320s accounted for the majority of deliveries, whereas only 3 A319s and 7 A321s were supplied in February. One of the A319s was delivered to a private customer, while Lufthansa was the only carrier to take two A321s, although a total of six carriers throughout the world received new units of this type. A total of 21 airlines have received shiny new A320s last month, with 16 out of a total of 26 units supplied to the world’s low-cost airlines.

China Eastern, Garuda Indonesia and Hong Kong Airlines each took delivery of A330-200s, while a total of five A330-300s was supplied one each to a range of customers, including Swiss and Aeroflot. Notably, as much as three A380s were delivered last month to China Southern, Emirates and Singapore airlines, taking the total of super-jumbos in service to 71. The Singaporean carrier is now only three units away from seeing its order of 19 A380s fulfilled.

Boeing: 46 deliveries in February 2012 (33 single-aisle, 13 widebody)

Boeing Deliveries (February 2012)

Source: Boeing

Last month, Boeing not only had its best February in terms of both single and twin-aisle aircraft output, but has also significantly improved widebody production, whereby a total of 13 units were delivered this year, against eight the year before. This includes four 747-8s, even though none of them entered service with commercial airline. Six airlines worldwide took delivery of one each 777-300 in February, while Uzbekistan Airlines continued its fleet renewal effort with the arrival of two 767-300s. No 787 was delivered throughout February.

In February, Boeing delivered a total of 33 narrow-bodies, which signifies a year on year output improvement of 6 units. China Southern took delivery of the only 737-600 to be supplied last month, while Continental and Lion Air received one and two 737-900s respectively. 737-800s accounted for the remaining single-aisle deliveries.

As part of its on-going fleet renewal plan, American took delivery of three 737-800s, which brings this year’s total to four units. 16 737-800s were incorporated into American’s fleet in 2011, with around 30 deliveries planned for 2012, but the airline’s gigantic backlog of 135 firm orders will take a while to clear. Ryanair took another four 737-800s in February and is now only 19 units away from seeing its order fulfilled. Virgin Australia and Thomson Airways saw two each 737-800s join their fleets, while further 12 carriers incorporated one unit of the type each.


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