Boeing grows the gap over Airbus to 31 units; Finnair takes the world’s first A321 with sharklets

Roman Pakhomov, CEO of Rostec’s Aviation Capital Services; Sergey Leschinski, Boeing’s Sales Director Russia; and Mikhail Minaev, Aeroflot’s Head of Fleet Planning, cut the ribbon at the delivery ceremony of the new 737-800.

Roman Pakhomov, CEO of Rostec’s Aviation Capital Services; Sergey Leschinski, Boeing’s Sales Director Russia; and Mikhail Minaev, Aeroflot’s Head of Fleet Planning, cut the ribbon at the delivery ceremony of the new 737-800. Pakhomov commented: "Russian air carriers are greatly in need of medium-range airplanes. We are interested in progressive and innovative products to help us meet those needs”.

Boeing maintained its leading position over Airbus in terms of monthly aircraft delivered in September. Having delivered more than a hundred aircraft in each month since March, Airbus and Boeing have once again returned an impressive tally, making it the best September since began tracking deliveries in 2008, and the second best month in 2013. The combined deliveries of both manufacturers for September was 113 units, of which 62 came from the US manufacturer. Both producers improved their performance compared with the same month last year, with Airbus delivering 10, and Boeing six more units than in September 2012. Boeing continues to lead the 2013 delivery race, expanding the gap over Airbus to 31 units.

Airbus: 51 deliveries in September (40 single-aisle, 11 wide-body)

Airbus Deliveries September 2013

Source: Airbus

Airbus closed September with a total of 51 units delivered, four more units than in August 2013, and 10 more than in September last year. Over the nine completed months of 2013, Airbus has delivered a total of 445 units, an increase of 9.9% (+40 units) on the same period of 2012.

Single-aisle deliveries in September were led by the A320 (26 units) with an overall of 40 single-aisle jets provided to airlines worldwide. American Airlines was the only carrier to receive four narrow-body units from Airbus, as it took four A319s. The only other carriers to receive more than two units in September were Jetstar Japan, which took three A320s, and Sichuan Airlines, which saw two A319s and one A321 join its fleet. Finnair received the world’s first sharklet-equipped A321, while the Chinese low-cost operator, Spring Airlines, took its first sharklet-equipped A320.

11 wide-bodies were delivered in September, two more than in the preceding month and than in the corresponding month of 2012. Besides Singapore Airlines, which took delivery of two A330-300s, no other carrier received more than one twin-aisle aircraft. A total of three A380s (one each for Air France, British Airways and Emirates) were delivered in September, one unit more than in the preceding month.

Commenting on Finnair’s new aircraft, Ville Iho, the airline’s COO, said: “We are extremely proud to receive the world’s first sharklet-equipped A321. This new aircraft will fit perfectly into our fleet and will contribute to optimizing our operating costs, whilst also reducing our environmental footprint.” Finnair, the launch customer for A321 Sharklet, will take a total of five units. Testing the aircraft in Helsinki were Riku Aho, Assistant VP, Finnair Aircraft Finance; and Miika Haatio, Finnair’s Fleet Manager.

Boeing: 62 deliveries in September (39 single-aisle, 23 wide-body)

Boeing Deliveries September 2013

Source: Boeing

Boeing ended September with a total of 62 units delivered, six more than in August and in the same month of 2012. Boeing’s total for the nine months of 2013 is 476 aircraft, an impressive 40 units more than in the corresponding period last year (+9.2%).

Airlines received a total of 39 single-aisle units from the American airframer, one more than in the preceding month. In September, two American carriers – Southwest Airlines and United Airlines – were the largest recipients of the 737 family aircraft, as they took three 737-800s and three 737-900s respectively. Other airlines to receive more than one single-aisle unit from the US manufacturer were American Airlines, China Southern Airlines, GOL, Shenzhen Airlines (two 737-800s each), Lion Air (two 737-900s) and Shanghai Airlines (one each 737-700 and 737-800).

Five more wide-body airframes were delivered by Boeing in September 2013 than in the preceding month and the US manufacturer also bettered its year-on-year performance, delivering four more wide-body units than the 19 it managed in September 2012. Following the 10 787s delivered to carriers in August, Boeing continued to clear the backlog with a total of six units of the type reaching the customers in September.


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