Airbus and Boeing slow deliveries in August; British Airways receives first A318

Well it works then! BA’s shiney new A318 during proving flights at London City from where the pioneering new long haul New York services start next week.

Aircraft deliveries from Airbus and Boeing slowed again in August as the holiday season took its toll on productivity. Just 60 aircraft were delivered compared with 65 last August.

Airbus: 32 deliveries in August to 20 airline customers

Notable deliveries this month included the first A318 to British Airways for use on its upcoming double-daily London City to New York JFK service. The aircraft will feature just 32 seats which all convert to lie-flat beds. British Airways now operates all four of the A320 series of aircraft.

Chart: Airbus deliveries
Source: Airbus

Avianca, China Southern, easyJet and Indian Airlines all took delivery of three new Airbus aircraft in August, while Qantas received its fourth A380 bringing the total number of superjumbos delivered by Airbus to 18. Other widebody deliveries were made to Afriqiyah, Etihad and Swiss.

Chinese airlines took delivery of six new aircraft followed by UK airlines with four (British Airways one and easyJet three) and India with four (Indian Airlines three and IndiGo one).

Boeing: 28 deliveries in August to 19 airline customers

Air India and American Airlines each received three new Boeings in August. Widebody deliveries (all 777s) were made to Air India (three), Emirates (one), KLM (one) and Korean Air (one).

Chart: Boeing deliveries
Source: Boeing

Chinese airlines received seven new Boeings while US airlines took delivery of six new aircraft. It is worth noting that Ryanair did not receive any new aircraft in August and Southwest added just one -700.

Airbus is still just beating Boeing so far in 2009 regarding deliveries. The European manufacturer has delivered 320 aircraft compared with 307 from the US manufacturer. Single-aisle aircraft account for 80% of deliveries with the remainder being wide-body aircraft.

Chart: AB Deliveries 2008 - 09
Source: Airbus, Boeing

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