April deliveries; Airbus up, Boeing down

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Boeing may have seen a drop in deliveries but its 737 is still an all time best-seller, clocking up 6,000 units with the 6,000th delivered to Norwegian (via ILFC) in April.

Airbus and Boeing delivered 85 aircraft in April with Airbus responsible for 46 to Boeing’s 39. As a result in year-to-date deliveries Airbus jumps ahead of Boeing with 162 to 160.

Airbus: 46 aircraft to 37 different customers

Airbus’ delivery schedule in April was notable for the wide range of customers receiving new aircraft. easyJet led the way with three deliveries followed by Aegean, Alitalia, Asiana, China Southern, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines and US Airways each receiving two. Among the less well-known airlines receiving a new Airbus were Aigle Azur, Arik Air, Chonqing Airlines, Hamburg International, HiFly, Iberworld, Sichuan Airlines and TACA. Emirates took delivery of the only A380 completed in April.

Source: Airbus

Boeing: Delta receives five new aircraft

Boring delivered 39 aircraft in April, down from 50 in March. Delta and Ryanair each received five new aircraft. This takes Ryanair’s total in the first four months of 2009 to an astonishing 27.

Source: Boeing

Apart from Delta other US airlines taking delivery of American-assembled aircraft were Alaska Airlines (two), American (two) and Southwest (two). Among the less well-known airlines receiving new Boeings were Air Europa, Lion Air, Royal Air Maroc and Shandong Airlines.

Airbus cuts A380 production rate

Airbus has revealed that it expects to deliver just 14 A380s this year and over 20 next year. This is less than previously planned but is “due to the current economic and aviation crisis and following specific customer requests for deferrals”.

Chart: boeing and airbus deliveries
Source: Airbus, Boeing

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