Airbus/Boeing: Southwest first to reach 25 new deliveries in 2008; Emirates finally receives its first A380

Aircraft deliveries from Airbus and Boeing fell in July to 77 compared with 90 in June. For the first time since March, Airbus delivered more aircraft than Boeing and overall this year still leads its US rival by 286 to 277 in total deliveries.

Airbus: 41 deliveries including first A380 to Emirates

A total of 18 new A320s were delivered. Five A330s were also delivered: two to both China Eastern and China Southern and one to Air China. Finnair received the only A340 this month, while Emirates became the second owner of an A380 after Singapore Airlines.

Image: Emirates A380 with a water cannon ceremony at San Francisco International Airport
Emirates latest addition is greeted in the traditional way on landing at San Francisco.
Table: Airbus Deliveries 2008
Source: Airbus

China Eastern and TAM each grew their fleets by four Airbus aircraft in July, while China Southern received three in total. Air Asia and easyJet each received two new aircraft and continue to lead the Airbus delivery rankings in 2008, with 13 each. Less high-profile airlines receiving the keys to a new Airbus last month included Hamburg International, TACA and Volaris.

Image: China South Eastern plane
China South Eastern is now Airbus’ biggest customer in China, with a fleet of 93 aircraft.

Boeing: 36 deliveries including two 747 freighters

Of Boeing’s 36 deliveries in July (down from 46 in June) 28 were 737 derivatives, while five were 777s. There was a single 767 for LAN and a couple of 747 freighters for Cargolux and Nippon Cargo.

Table: Boeing deliveries July 2008
Source: Boeing
Image: Turkmenistan Airline plane
Turkmenistan took delivery of this nice 737-700 in July.

Southwest received four new aircraft while Air India, Continental, Hainan Airlines, Shandong Airlines and Turkish Airlines each received a couple. There were no deliveries to Ryanair, leaving Southwest to pull away in the Boeing delivery ranking in 2008 with 25 – higher than Continental’s 22 and Ryanair’s 21 new aircraft. New widebody passenger aircraft were delivered to Air India, ANA, Emirates, EVA Air, JAL and LAN.

Combining delivery data from both manufacturers reveals that fast-growing Turkish Airlines took delivery of four new aircraft in July: two each from Airbus and Boeing.

Delivery rate falls especially at Boeing

Total deliveries for both manufacturers fell to 77, the lowest level since February which had fewer days in it. Boeing’s delivery of just 36 aircraft in July was their lowest since January – 10 less than they achieved in June.

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

A total of 563 new aircraft have now been delivered in the first seven months of 2008 – 286 by Airbus and 277 by Boeing. Eighty percent of these aircraft are narrowbodies with widebodies accounting for the remaining 20% of the market.


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