Airbus/Boeing: AirTran, Ryanair, Southwest receive 25% of all April Boeing deliveries

Image: Singapore Airlines
Getting mundane: Hardly anyone notices as the fourth SIA A380 was delivered in April. The aircraft begins daily services to Tokyo on May 20, SIA’s third A380 destination after Sydney and London.

Aircraft deliveries from Airbus and Boeing declined in April from their peak in March as the two major manufacturers delivered 79 new aircraft to their global customers.

Airbus: 39 deliveries to 33 customers

A320s were again the most popular aircraft type delivered this month by Airbus representing over 40% of all April deliveries. Deliveries were made across the complete aircraft model range from an A318 for LAN to another A380 for Singapore Airlines.

Table: Airbus Deliveries 2008
Source: Airbus

No single airline took delivery of more than two Airbus aircraft in April. A total of 27 airlines received a single new Airbus aircraft while Aegean, Air One, China Eastern, China Southern, Virgin America and Volaris each received two.

Image: Air Tran Plane
A quarter of all Boeings were delievered to just three low cost airlines in April, including three 737-700s to AirTran.

Boeing: 40 deliveries to 26 customers

Over 80% of Boeing’s deliveries in March were 737 derivatives with five 777s delivered to four different customers and a couple of 747-400 freighters going to Guggenheim Aviation Partners and UPS.

Table: Boeing Deliveries 2008
Source: Boeing

Ryanair was again the leading individual customer with four new -800s while Southwest and AirTran each took delivery of three -700s. For the third consecutive month Continental took delivery of three new aircraft.

Delivery rate slows in April

Deliveries fell from 90 in March to 79 in April. Single-aisle aircraft made up a record 82.3% of deliveries from the two major manufacturers.

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

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