Airbus/Boeing – Continental, Ryanair and Southwest lead deliveries in February

In a new, regular feature will be taking a closer look at who is receiving new aircraft from Airbus and Boeing. Though some aircraft deliveries will be intended to replace aircraft that will be retired or sold on, it is often a sign of airline growth.

Airbus: 38 deliveries to 30 customers

Image: easyJet takes delivery of two A319s
easyJet took delivery of two A319s in February.

A320s made up nearly half of all Airbus deliveries in February, while other A320 variants made up a further 15 deliveries. In addition, six A330s (and no A380s) were delivered in February.

Table: Airbus deliveries
Source: Airbus

LCCs Air Asia, easyJet, Spirit and Wizz Air each grew their fleets by two new Airbus aircraft, as did legacy carriers Air France and TAP Portugal.

Boeing: 39 deliveries to 17 customers

Image: Boeing delivers the first widebody 777-200LR
On 29 February, Boeing delivered the first widebody 777-200LR for a US carrier to Delta Air Lines.

Three-quarters of Boeing’s deliveries in February were 737 derivatives, though seven 777s were also delivered plus a couple of 747-400s (both freighters) and a 767 (to JAL).

Table: Boeing deliveries
Source: Boeing

Continental, Ryanair and Southwest each received four new aircraft, while JAL took delivery of three.

Year-to-date: almost 150 new aircraft already delivered

Deliveries rose from 71 in January to 77 in February. Single-aisle aircraft currently make up 80% of deliveries from the two major manufacturers.

Chart: Airbus & Boeing deliveries in 2008
Source: Airbus, Boeing


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