The European manufacturer took almost twice as many net orders in the period between January and April compared with its US counterpart, according to the latest Airbus figures. Airbus says it received 493 net orders (after cancellations) in this time – representing seven years of production – compared with the 255 orders stated on Boeing’s website for the period.
Airbus was especially boosted by Turkish Airlines’ mammoth order for A320 family aircraft, which included 82 firm orders, with 35 options. The company is targeting 700 gross orders for 2013.
In terms of deliveries, Airbus also announced that it had made 202 in the same period, a ten per cent increase year-on-year. Boeing delivered 183 aircraft in this time, by way of comparison.
So does this constitute a trend, or indeed has Airbus stolen a decisive march on its rival? The answer can be summed up by the expression “swings and roundabouts” – Airbus might have won this particular battle but Boeing may well win the next time (it seems to be an unending “war”).
But of course, the next “time” of note is the Paris Air Show, traditionally a happy hunting ground for aircraft orders, and a place where many are eager to compare the successes of the two biggest aircraft OEMs.
Will Airbus surge even further ahead against a potentially distracted, 787-focused, Boeing, or has the US company been craftily saving up orders?
Jason Holland, Editor, Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance