EUROPE & CIS: Airbus tops Boeing deliveries in ’08

European aircraft maker Airbus once again took top spot in global airliner production for the sixth year running in 2008, with a 7 per cent rise in deliveries, to a record 483 planes. Deliveries comprised 386 A320 family aircraft, 85 A330s/A340s and 12 A380s. Its US rival, Boeing, delivered 375 planes in 2008 after a […]


European aircraft maker Airbus once again took top spot in global airliner production for the sixth year running in 2008, with a 7 per cent rise in deliveries, to a record 483 planes. Deliveries comprised 386 A320 family aircraft, 85 A330s/A340s and 12 A380s.

Its US rival, Boeing, delivered 375 planes in 2008 after a machinists’ strike halted commercial aircraft production for 58 days.

Airbus booked 777 net aircraft orders in 2008, down from 900 after 123 cancellations, topping Boeing’s 662 net orders, but like its rival reported a significant drop-off from the previous year, when it recorded 1,341 net orders.

The 2008 orders, valued at US$100 billion, comprised 472 A320 family aircraft, 163 A350s, 138 A330s/A340s and nine A380s.

The manufacturer noted that it had a 54 per cent market share for aircraft over 100 seats and called its 2008 performance “a remarkable success in a diffi cult year”.

Airbus’ total backlog stands at 3,715 civil aircraft – 2,598 A320 family aircraft, 932 A330/340/350s and 185 A380s–valued at US$438 billion and the equivalent of six years of full production, the group said.

John Leahy, chief commercial officer for Airbus, said Thursday that while the crisis in global aviation could bottom out by midyear, it would take longer for airlines to resume renewing their fleets.