Airbus delivers its 9,000th aircraft

Airbus 9000 delivery

Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 9,000 aircraft on Friday, with the milestone plane – an Airbus A321 – going to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir. “The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer, says in a statement commemorating the […]

Airbus and Boeing February 2015 O&D roundup

Airbus Boeing

Boeing delivered 60 commercial aircraft in February, leading rival Airbus’ 45 commercial aircraft deliveries for the month. Boeing logged seven orders for a total of 72 aircraft in February, the largest being an order for 50 737-MAX aircraft from an undisclosed customer on Feb. 23. Alaska Airlines booked a firm order for six 737-900ER aircraft […]

Boeing and Airbus: Approaching airplane market ‘bubble’?

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Worries about a weakening global airline market aren’t being reflected in the continued strong demand for Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner and other commercial airplanes, executives from the world’s two largest plane-makers said. Boeing finance chief Greg Smith struck an optimistic tone during a recent investors conference. It was shared by an executive with chief competitor […]

Jet Buyers Want Boeing, Airbus to Focus on Current Planes

United Airlines Boeing 757

Some of the world’s largest jet buyers said Airbus and Boeing should focus on existing planes before developing an all-new aircraft to replace the U.S. company’s workhorse 757. Replacing the discontinued 757, a jet used on transcontinental U.S. routes and trans-Atlantic flights, is one of the most-watched strategic issues facing Airbus Group NV and Boeing […]

Airbus Group Has a Big Backlog – and That Could Be a Problem

Airbus A320neo

So wrote Airbus Group Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders in a Feb. 27 press release describing Airbus’ financial performance in 2014. And in those few words, he summed up both the opportunity and the risk for Airbus shareholders. Opportunity and peril On one hand, yes, Airbus’ performance in 2014 was truly impressive. Sales grew 5% […]

Are Boeing and Airbus Building Too Many Jets?

Airbus A330 Production Line

In the past few years, aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus have ramped up production of commercial jets. The popular Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 narrowbody jet families have experienced some of the biggest production increases — and both companies are planning to boost production again in the next few years. Boeing and Airbus insist that […]

Boeing topping Airbus on orders in 2015

Airbus Boeing

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 […]

Record January for Airbus & Boeing; 76% of deliveries are single-aisles

Boeing 737 MAX with updated winglets

Following a busy December, both Airbus and Boeing delivered fewer aircraft this January. The combined deliveries of both producers for the first month of the year, was 86, of which 50 came from the American manufacturer, and 36 from the European one. Notably, Boeing enhanced its performance when compared to the same month last year, […]

Airbus To Deliver 30 Commercial Aircraft To UAE Airlines In 2015

Etihad Airlines Airbus A380

Aircraft manufacturing firm Airbus is looking to deliver 30 commercial aircraft to three UAE carriers including Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, and Air Arabia this year, a senior official confirmed. Speaking to official news agency WAM, Marwan Lahoud, chief Strategy and Marketing officer for Airbus Group, said that the UAE is an important market for the […]

Airbus Gains Head Start in 2015 on Orders, Boeing Beats on Deliveries

Airbus Boeing

Airbus reported a roughly $11 billion (7 billion pounds) preliminary order from Colombian airline group Avianca Holdings on Thursday, gaining a head start in its 2015 order race with U.S. rival Boeing subject to a final confirmation of the deal. The memorandum of understanding for 100 A320neo-family jets is worth $10.6 billion at list prices […]