Airbus sees strong rise in widebody sales but Boeing remains stronger

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Source: Flightglobal.com
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Airbus’s market share of the high value widebody market increased last year in order terms but the airframer still trails its rival Boeing in both categories.

Airbus has just published its detailed breakdown of the 2007 orders and deliveries, which shows that its 428 net orders for widebodies pushed its share of the overall widebody market up from a dismal 30% in 2006 to 43% in 2007.

The previous year’s poor performance (137 net orders) was a reflection of the status of the A350 programme, which spent most of 2006 effectively suspended as it underwent reinvention as the XWB.

The European airframer’s share of widebody deliveries declined from 51% in 2006 to 44%, as its overall output in the category fell from 95 to 86 units.

This reduction was caused by a 50% decline in A340 deliveries from 24 to 11, which was not offset by the slight rise in A330 deliveries combined with the hand-over of the first A380.

Airbus’s share of the total widebody order backlog (2,260 aircraft) remains fairly stable, but is in the shadow of its rival which dominates with a 60% share.

Roles are reversed in the narrowbody sector, where Airbus leads Boeing with a 55% share.

Several large orders signed in December were not included in Airbus’s 2007 total as the deposits were not received before the turn of the year, says chief operating officer customers, John Leahy. These include Grupo Marsans order for 65 aircraft and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise for 100.

 

Airbus and Boeing 2007 performance versus 2007
Deliveries
Net orders
Backlog
Aircraft model
2007
2006
2007
2006
End 2007
End 2006
Airbus
6
9
0
0
0
6
A310
0
0
0
0
5
5
17
8
13
-7
50
54
105
137
95
258
557
567
194
164
789
272
1,662
1,067
A321
51
30
16
130
243
278
68
62
196
103
355
227
11
24
-9
12
41
61
0
0
218
15
320
102
1
0
23
7
188
166
Total
453
434
1,341
790
3,421
2,533
Market share
50.7%
52.2%
48.7%
43.1%
50.0%
50.8%
Boeing
717
0
5
0
0
0
0
330
302
846
729
2,076
1,560
16
14
-4
12
22
42
0
0
25
60
103
78
12
12
36
10
52
28
83
65
141
76
357
299
0
0
369
157
817
448
Total
441
398
1,413
1,044
3,427
2,455
Market share
49.3%
47.8%
51.3%
56.9%
50.0%
49.2%
Grand total
894
832
2,754
1,834
6,848
4,988
Source: Flight International/manufacturers

 

Widebody market share
Deliveries
Net orders
Backlog
2007
2006
2007
2006
End 2007
End 2006
Airbus
86
95
428
137
909
567
44%
51%
43%
30%
40%
39%
Boeing
111
91
567
315
1,351
895
56%
49%
57%
70%
60%
61%
197
186
995
452
2,260
1,462