ANALYSIS: Top Airbus, Boeing customers continue shift to Next Generation

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With huge orders last year for the Airbus A320neo family and this year for the Boeing 737 Max, the top customers for the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) continue the shift from the traditional "blue chip" airlines, but upstart low-cost carriers and Middle East airlines.

Air Asia and IndiGo, two low-cost carriers, are now the top two customers in terms of backlog for Airbus, with Qatar Airways and Emirates Airline having the fourth and fifth largest unfilled orders.


Only Qantas Airways of the legacy carriers hits the top five for Airbus. After this flag carrier, the next legacy carrier - US Airways - only ranks at 14.

Lessors, other low-cost carriers and Latin America's TAM and LAN are the top customers for Airbus.

Boeing is a slightly different story, driven by its long dominance of the US market. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines are legacy carriers that are in the top 10. But upstarts Lion Air and Norwegian Air Shuttle are Boeing's first and third top customers with Southwest Airlines ranked second.