Airbus and Boeing deliveries reach 94 in June; Ryanair receives 40 new aircraft in six months

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Airbus delivered 92 aircraft in May and June, including the first A320 assembled in China. The aircraft will be operated by Sichuan Airlines. Copyright: Airbus

While new orders for Airbus and Boeing aircraft may be going through something of a sticky patch at present both airlines have enough of a backlog of orders to keep them busy for the next few years. In June the two major manufacturers delivered 94 aircraft, which is more than they have managed at any time during the last 18 months

Airbus: 43 deliveries in May, 49 in June

During the last two months Airbus has delivered some 92 aircraft. In May, China Southern, easyJet and Singapore Airlines each received three new aircraft while in June China Southern picked up the keys to five new aircraft, Aeroflot and US Airways four and easyJet a further three. Two A380s were delivered to Singapore Airlines, one each in May and June.

Among the less well-known airlines receiving a new Airbus during May/June were Air Caraibes, Bangkok Airways, Chongqing Airlines, Iberworld, SATA, Sichuan Airlines, newcomer Wataniya Airways and Zest Air of the Philippines.

Chart: Airbus deliveries
Source: Airbus

Boeing: 41 deliveries in May, 45 in June

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Boeing delivered 86 aircraft in May and June, including a 737-900 in Continental’s historic ‘Blue Skyway’ livery. Originating in the 1940s, the livery has been reintroduced on a single aircraft to celebrate Continental’s 75th anniversary.

During the last two months Boeing has delivered some 86 aircraft. In May, Ryanair took delivery of seven new aircraft with no other carrier receiving more than two new Boeings. In June, Ryanair took deliver of six aircraft (bringing their total in the first half of 2009 to 40), while Southwest (four), Air France (three) and American Airlines (three) were also kept busy with new deliveries.

Chart: Boeing deliveries
Source: Boeing

Among the less well-known airlines receiving new Boeings were flyDubai, Hainan Airlines, Sky Airlines (of Turkey) and Xiamen Airlines.

Exactly 500 aircraft delivered in first half of 2009

Airbus is just beating Boeing so far in 2009 regarding deliveries. The European manufacturer has delivered 254 aircraft compared with 246 from the US manufacturer. Single-aisle aircraft account for 80% of deliveries with the remainder being wide-body aircraft.

Chart: airbus and Boeing deliveries
Source: Airbus, Boeing

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