Asia Pacific carriers accounted for nearly half of the deliveries of new passenger aircraft in the first six months of 2013, underlining the immense importance of the market for the major airframers.
Analysis of data from Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that of the 711 passenger aircraft delivered globally in the first six months of 2013, 335 went to airlines in the Asia Pacific.
This gave Asia Pacific carriers 47.1% of total deliveries. Europe was a distant second with 162 deliveries, or 22.8% of the market, followed by North America with 109 deliveries, or 15.3%.
Ascend data shows that Asia Pacific operators increased their total lead in terms of deliveries from the first half of 2012, when they accounted for 272 deliveries out of a global total of 674, a 40.4% share of the market.
Among Asia Pacific countries, China dominated deliveries in the first half of the year, with its operators receiving 125 aircraft. China Southern Airlines was the primary recipient, receiving 36 aircraft. Of these, 33 were narrowbody types, mainly Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft. It also received two A330s and a single A380.
Following China on the deliveries list were Indonesia (37 aircraft), Japan (35 aircraft) and India (24 aircraft).
With regards to aircraft types, Ascend indicates that A320 family and 737 aircraft accounted for nearly 68% of all the passenger aircraft delivered to Asia Pacific operators. During the period examined, Boeing delivered 107 737s and Airbus 119 A320 family aircraft.
Airbus led the Asia Pacific's widebody deliveries in the first half, with the region's operators receiving 30 A330s and four A380s. Boeing delivered 27 widebodies: 15 777-300ERs, three 767-300s, and nine 787s.
Asia Pacific operators' first half receipts of 335 vastly outweigh their retirements of 33 aircraft during the period, according to Ascend data.