Boeing gains on Airbus in 2009 delivery race; Air France gets first A380

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Happy to finally receive the aircraft: Having decided to buy the A380 already in 1996, Air France now has received its first of the type. The men with the happy faces are Thomas Enders, Airbus’ president and CEO, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, Air France-KLM’s CEO and Jean-Cyril Spinetta, chairman of the board of directors of Air France-KLM.

During September and October, Airbus and Boeing delivered 166 new aircraft, with Boeing outdelivering Airbus 87 to 79.

Airbus: 38 deliveries in September, 41 in October

The highlight for Airbus in October was the first delivery of the first A380 to a European carrier, Air France. Its service start-up this month on the Paris-New York route will inaugurate A380 operations between Europe and the Americas.

Chart: airbus deliveries
Chart: Airbus deliveries October
Source: Airbus

In September, Alitalia and China Southern led the way with three deliveries each, while in October, easyJet and US Airways each received three new aircraft. Apart from Air France, another A380 was delivered to Singapore Airlines.

Boeing: 52 deliveries in September, 35 in October

American Airlines received four 737-800s in both September and October. In the last two months, widebody aircraft were delivered to Air India, Cathay Pacific, Emirates (two), JAL (three), Qatar Airways (two) and V Australia.

Chart: Boeing deliveries Sept
Chart: Boeing deliveries oct
Source: Boeing

Of the 87 aircraft Boeing delivered during the last two months, airlines in the US received 19, Chinese airlines took 18 new aircraft and Asia/Pacific airlines 17. European airlines received just five new aircraft, three to Ryanair, one to airberlin and one to Norwegian.
Airbus is still just beating Boeing so far in 2009 regarding deliveries. The European manufacturer has delivered 399 aircraft compared with 394 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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