Airbus and Boeing deliveries slow in July; Airbus delivers 1000th A330/A340 to Thai

Image: Boeing delivered Emirates’ 78th 777 on 29 July
Boeing delivered Emirates’ 78th 777 on 29 July. Emirates also has an additional 28 777s on order.

Aircraft deliveries from Airbus and Boeing slowed in July as the start of the holiday season took its toll on productivity. After delivering an impressive 94 aircraft in June just 67 aircraft were dispatched to new owners in July.

Airbus: 34 deliveries in July to 23 airline customers

At the end of July Airbus delivered its 1000th aircraft from the A330/A340 family. The aircraft, an A330-300, was handed over to Thai Airways at a special ceremony in Toulouse. In attendance was a delegation from Thailand led by Air Chief Marshal Narongsak Sangapong, Acting President of Thai Airways, plus representatives from the engine manufacturers and major equipment suppliers, as well as some 100 Airbus staff currently working on the programme.

Chart: Airbus Deliveries July 2009
Source: Airbus

US Airways took delivery of four new A321s, while easyJet took delivery of three A320s. Most of easyJet’s Airbus fleet consists of the smaller A319s. Apart from Thai Airways other airlines receiving new Airbus widebodies last month included Garuda, Iberia and Swiss.

Chinese airlines took delivery of 10 new aircraft followed by UK airlines with four (bmi one and easyJet three) and USA with four (all US Airways).

Boeing: 33 deliveries in July to 15 airline customers

Air India, American Airlines and Ryanair each received three new Boeing’s in July. Widebody deliveries (all 777s) were made to Air India (two), British Airways (one) and Emirates (one). Continental, Delta and Southwest also received new aircraft making it a busy month for US deliveries.

Chart: Boeing Deliveries July 2009
Source: Boeing

It was also a busy month for deliveries to Chinese airlines with Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Shandong Airlines receiving a total of five aircraft between them. Apart from British Airways and Ryanair the only other European carrier to take delivery of a new Boeing was beleaguered SAS.

Airbus is still just beating Boeing so far in 2009 regarding deliveries. The European manufacturer has delivered 288 aircraft compared with 279 from the US manufacturer. Single-aisle aircraft account for 80% of deliveries with the remainder being wide-body aircraft.

Chart: Airbus & Boeing deliveries in 2008-09
Source: Airbus, Boeing

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