2013 is now well in our rear view mirrors as we speed along the runway of another year and it is time to look back. We have covered what we did during 2013 on AirlineReporter but what about looking at what our two favorite aircraft manufacturers did? 2013 were big years for both Boeing & Airbus on many levels, so let’s take a look at more detail of exactly what happened in the order & delivery world:
In 2013, the big air shows in Paris & Dubai flooded the order books of both manufacturers. Airbus and Boeing both had record-breaking years with 1,619 & 1,531 gross orders, respectively. The winner in this situation is obviously Airbus by a good margin; the types of orders look consistent too:
Both Boeing & Airbus had very close years in the narrow body market. The Boeing 737 family netted 1,208 orders versus 1,253 for its Airbus rival. You could endlessly breakdown all that data but only Airbus provided an “official” accounting of CEO (Current Engine Option) vs NEO (New Engine Option) orders of 377 & 876, respectively (though from figures I managed to collate, the 737 MAX had approximately 700 orders,giving the unofficial narrow body win to Airbus).
The wide body order news was dominated towards the end of the year by official launch of the 777X-series at the Dubai Airshow, with a record for the most orders of a twin-aisle aircraft at launch. What a way to start the program off!
Boeing saw orders for the stretched 787-10 as well, with a number of 787 operators selecting the larger aircraft.
Boeing & Airbus had record-setting delivery figures in 2013, with 648 and 626 respectively. Not a big margin between the two, but again it is the narrow body figures that dominate production levels. Airbus maintained an output of approximately 42 A320-family aircraft per month to deliver a total of 493 aircraft, while Boeing produced 440 737-family aircraft equating to approximately 37 per month (an astonishing level if you have ever been inside the Renton factory).
Looking at those figures, they look pretty similar, but it is the wide body figures where you see the real differences between the two manufacturers.
Boeing put out 208 wide body aircraft compared to Airbus’s 133, quite a major difference. Boeing’s figures can be further broken down by program, with the 777 dominating at 98 deliveries, followed closely by the 787 at 65. The 767 and 747 round out the delivery books with 21 & 24 respectively. Though Boeing’s win in this situation may look narrow overall, when you break down those figures there seems a very large gap in the wide body side of things.
2014 promises to be a great year for both manufacturers. With deliveries to begin from both the Airbus A350XWB & the Boeing 787-9, it is obvious where the attention is going to be. But we should also see further ramp up in production of the 737 and some of the first pieces for the 737 MAX to arrive.
It is hard to tell what will happen on the order front in 2014, with the airshows starting later in the year with Singapore and then Farnborough. Will the 777X order record continue now that the aircraft has a new home in Everett, and will the first delivery of the A350XWB spur additional orders? Only time will tell!