Airbus and Boeing deliver almost 500 new aircraft in the first half of 2008

Image: Kingfisher Airlines A330 delivery from Airbus
Kingfisher Airlines plans to launch international operations from its Bangalore base as soon as regulators allow with London, San Francisco and New York all strong candidates. It certainly has the equipment: Larger than life Kingfisher CEO Vijay Mallya takes personal delivery of the first A330 from Airbus CEO Tom Enders.

Aircraft deliveries from Airbus and Boeing increased in June with the two manufacturers delivering 90 aircraft to their global customers, equalling the previous peak this year set in March. Total deliveries for the year have now reached 486.

Airbus: 44 deliveries including one A380

A total of 19 new A320s were delivered. Eight A330s were delivered including the first two to Kingfisher in India who are still to announce their long-haul plans. Singapore Airlines finally received another A380.

easyJet had four aircraft delivered including an A321 originally planned for GB Airways. Italian Air One received three A320s as it continues its aggressive growth policy to take advantage of Alitalia’s woes.

Table: Airbus June Deliveries 2008
Source: Airbus

Boeing: 46 deliveries to 26 airlines

Of Boeing’s 46 deliveries in June 37 were 737 derivatives while six were 777s. A couple of 767s were also delivered along with a 747 freighter.

Table: Boeing deliveries June 2008
Source: Boeing

Continental received four new aircraft followed by JAL, Ryanair and Southwest each with three. New widebodies were delivered to Air Canada, Air India, Emirates, JAL, Korean, LAN and Singapore Airlines.

Delivery rate matches March peak

Total deliveries for both manufacturers increased to 90, equalling the previous peak in March.

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

A total of 486 new aircraft have now been delivered in the first six months of 2008, 245 by Airbus and 241 by Boeing. Eighty percent of these aircraft are narrowbodies with widebodies accounting for the remaining 20% of the market.


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