Airbus stretches lead over Boeing as strikes hamper deliveries; TAM receives five new aircraft in a month

Image: Ruler of dubai walking down the aisle
Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Defence Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, walking through an isle of the second Emirates A380 at Dubai International Airport. Emirates received its second A380 on 24 October.

Airbus and Boeing delivered just 47 aircraft in October, though this was one more than achieved in September. The labour disputes at Boeing resulted in just five aircraft being delivered while Airbus delivered an impressive 42.

Airbus: 42 deliveries including another A380

A total of 31 narrowbodies were delivered by Airbus including 17 A320s, eight A319s and five A321s. Six A330s were delivered (two to TAM and one each to Air China, AirAsia X, Cathay Pacific and China Southern) while Etihad and Thai Airways each received a four-engined A340. Emirates took delivery of another A380. No European or North American carrier received a widebody Airbus in October.

Chart: Airbus Deliveries
Source: Airbus

A total of 27 airlines received new Airbus aircraft with TAM receiving four, and Aeroflot, Air China and LAN each receiving three. Leading Airbus customers AirAsia and easyJet each received two further new aircraft to take their deliveries this year to 19 and 17 respectively. China Eastern with 14 is now up to third place for most new Airbus’ received this year followed by China Southern and LAN each with 13.

Boeing: just 5 deliveries in October

Boeing still managed to deliver five new aircraft in October, one each to Continental, JAL, Qatar Airways, TAM and Turkish. This means that TAM received a total of five new aircraft last month as it also collected the keys to four Airbus aircraft.

Chart: Boeing Deliveries
Source: Boeing

Continental is now tied with Southwest on 26 deliveries in 2008, ahead of Ryanair with 23.

Delivery rate impacted by Boeing’s woes

Total deliveries for both manufacturers were just 47, up only one on September.

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

A total of 721 new aircraft have now been delivered in the first ten months of 2008, 391 by Airbus and 330 by Boeing. Eighty percent of these aircraft are narrowbodies with widebodies accounting for the remaining 20% of the market. However, in October widebodies represented more than 25% of deliveries for the first time this year.


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