Airbus and Boeing delivered a combined 144 aircraft during November, 25 more than the 119 units that the duo delivered in the previous month, and 19 (15%) more than the two manufacturers achieved in the same month of 2016. By handing over 144 aircraft, November becomes the most productive month this year so far for deliveries, beating the 139 combined aircraft that the two handed over in June.
For a third month this year, Airbus outperformed its North American rival, joining October (seven more deliveries than Boeing) and May (four), with the European aircraft maker delivering four more units in November than Boeing (74 units to 70). Boeing’s lead in the 2017 delivery race has subsequently reduced once again, with the margin it has over Airbus decreasing from 93 units to 89 (up until 30 November 2017). In total, the two companies have delivered 1,271 aircraft during the first 11 months of this year, 13 more than the 1,258 that Airbus and Boeing had sent to customers during the same period of 2016.
This represents a big boost in productivity for both manufacturers. Up until 31 October, the two giants were 0.5% behind the productivity rate that they reported up to that date in 2016. However, in handing over 19 more aircraft than they did during November 2016, the two are now 1.0% ahead of where they were at this point last year (30 November 2017 v 30 November 2016). Airbus: 74 deliveries in November (54 narrow-body, 20 wide-body) Source: Airbus. Airbus delivered 74 aircraft in November, 11 more than the 63 managed in October.
The result is also good when compared to the same month of 2016, when the European giant handed over 61 units. For the 11th month of 2017, single-aisle deliveries were led by the A320 (36 units) followed by the A321 (17), while one A319 was handed over to Shenzhen Airlines. The leading customer of the A320 was AirAsia which received five, with the Asian LCC being followed by IndiGo which picked up four. With regards to the A321, the leading customer was Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir, collecting four of the type, while US carriers Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines were the joint second largest customers, with the trio taking home two each respectively. In relation to the wide-body market, Airbus delivered 20 units, six more than it managed in October. The leading wide-body aircraft type for an eighth consecutive month was the A350, with 11 being handed over to nine different airlines, including Malaysia Airlines which has become the latest operator […]