Airbus Overtakes Boeing, Delivering More Aircrafts In Two-years

Airbus has delivered 1,376 units of aircraft between January 2020 and December 2021, dwartfing Boeing’s 466 deliveries for that period, according to Finbold.

Airbus took advantage of the recent challenges around safety concerns experienced by Boeing and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

 Boeing, the American aircraft manufacturer lost huge space to Airbus in the last five years although both companies control a significant market share.

Data by Finbold show that by the end of 2021, Airbus had delivered 1,376 aircrafts under all categories from the start of the pandemic in January 2020. The units almost tripled the cumulative 466 deliveries made by Boeing over the same period.

Over the last five years, Airbus has had an upper hand delivering 3,757 aircrafts, with Boeing trailing at 2,415.

Interestingly, in 2017 and 2018, Boeing recorded a total of 1,569 deliveries which was higher than Airbus’ 1,518

For specific aircrafts, Boeing registered the highest deliveries for the controversial 737 MAX brand with 245 units despite the safety concerns. Elsewhere, A320neo was the leading brand for Airbus with 258 units.

The drivers for Airbus’ upper hand over Boeing in recent years include the health crisis, and capitalising on the global grounding and delivery pause of Boeing’s 737 MAX.

Despite the 737 MAX resuming circulation, Finbold’s report shows Boeing was unable to catch up.

Both Boeing and Airbus are historical competitors, the European manufacturer gained the upper hand during the Boeing’s 737 MAX crisis.

The two manufacturers however took a hit from the pandemic and recorded suppressed orders in the period the global airline industry laid prostrate..

However, they still command a significant share of market orders thanks to their market position and they will likely explore means to expand their market position.

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