The Boeing Co. is maintaining its early lead over Airbus for orders in 2015, while the demand for single-aisle aircraft from both companies underscores the strength of Wichita’s place in commercial aviation.
Boeing’s order and delivery website indicates the company has 69 net orders through February 24, while Airbus’ most recent report says it had won 28 net orders through the first two months of the year.
All but six of the combined orders — all from Boeing’s ledger — were for narrow-body aircraft from the 737 and A320 families.
That means work for Wichita’s Spirit AeroSystems Inc. and its supply base, as Spirit has work on all Boeing commercial programs and on several Airbus models.
Spirit builds the fuselage and other components of the 737 in Wichita, while it also builds leading-edge and trailing-edge wing structures for the A320 at its factory in Prestwick, Scotland.