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Boeing production grinds to halt during September; Airbus delivers two A380s

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A spectacular light show marked the delivery of Qantas’ first A380 on 19 September.

Aircraft deliveries from Airbus and Boeing fell in September to just 46 compared with 65 in August. Airbus delivered 34 aircraft (up from 29 in August) but Boeing was hampered by strikes and could deliver only 12 new aircraft (down from 36 in August).

Airbus: 34 deliveries including two A380s

A total of 27 narrowbodies were delivered by Airbus including 14 A320s, six A319s and six A321s. Four A330s were delivered (one each to Air Europa, Avianca, China Southern and Jet Airways) while Arik Air of Nigeria acquired a four-engined A340. Singapore Airlines received a further A380 while Qantas received its first of the type.

Table: Airbus Deliveries
Source: Airbus

No airline received as many as three new Airbus’ in September, but Afriqiyah, Air China, AirAsia, Avianca, Eastern, China Southern and Juneyao Airlines each received two. Air Asia (17) has stretched its lead over easyJet (15), and China Eastern and Lufthansa (12 each) for most new Airbus’ received this year.

Boeing: just 12 deliveries in September

Of Boeing’s 12 deliveries in September, 10 were 737 derivatives, while Cathay Pacific received a 777 and UPS a 747F.

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Source: Boeing

Alaska Airlines, Delta and Ryanair each received two new aircraft. Southwest (with 26) still just leads Continental (25) and Ryanair (23) in terms of most new Boeing aircraft received in 2008.

Delivery rate falls due to Boeing labour problems

Total deliveries for both manufacturers fell to 46, the lowest so far this year as a result of industrial action (or should that be inaction) at Boeing.

Chart: Airbus boeing deliveries for 2008
Source: Airbus, Boeing

A total of 674 new aircraft have now been delivered in the first seven months of 2008, 349 by Airbus and 325 by Boeing. Eighty percent of these aircraft are narrowbodies with widebodies accounting for the remaining 20% of the market.


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