Airbus is on tract to overtake as the World’s largest plane maker, as Boeing battling with its 737MAX issues.
Airbus has reported 389 deliveries in the first half of 2019, up 28% on the same period last year, while Boeing reported only 239 commercial plane deliveries, down 37% for the same period.
Airbus overtook Boeing in deliveries for the first time in seven years.
Before the 737MAX crash, Boeing was delivering planes at a rate of 50 a month in the first quarter, and started to decline as Boeing halted deliveries of its top-selling plane since it was grounded in mid-March. There are more than 150 undelivered jets parked outside of Boeing facilities.
Airbus posted 88 net orders for the first half, easily outpacing Boeing which had a negative net total of 119 aircraft because it had more cancellations than orders during the period.
The European company had beed recording growth in orders and deliveries, specially since the launch of A321XLR at the Paris Airshow 2019.
Boeing’s loyal U.S customers are slowly moving towards Airbus. Delta Airlines decided to order A320s instead of MAX jets even before the crash..Sothwest Airlines which had been with the Boeing for 48 years, made a trip to Airbus considering A220’s.