Airlines in the Asia-Pacific received 46 of the 105 new commercial airliners delivered during October, with China and India taking the lion’s share of new aircraft.
North American and European airlines followed with each region taking 18 new aircraft, according to Cirium fleets data. Latin American airlines took nine new aircraft, Middle Eastern airlines eight, while African airlines also took eight.
Although the Asia-Pacific’s 46 deliveries in October were an improvement from 33 in September, numbers were sharply down from 80 deliveries in October 2018. This is attributable to the absence of Boeing 737 Max deliveries in the region amid the global grounding of the type. Boeing has delivered no 737 airliners into the region since June.
All data from Cirium
Among Asia-Pacific countries, Chinese airlines led with 18 deliveries, followed by Indian airlines with eight. Japanese carriers also had a big month for deliveries, taking five new aircraft.
The airline with the most deliveries for the month was China Southern with six new aircraft: four Airbus A320neo family jets and a pair of A350-900s.
Two carriers followed with four deliveries each. China Eastern took four A320neos, and Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo took a pair of A320neos, one A321neo, and a single ATR 72-600. Another Indian carrier, Vistara, had three deliveries, all A320neos.
Boeing had yet another dismal month given its 737 Max woes, delivering no narrowbodies into the region during the month. As for widebodies, its October deliveries came to six: one 787-8, two 787-9s, two 787-10s, and a single 777-300ER.
In contrast, Airbus had its strongest month this year for deliveries to the region, with a total of 38 aircraft. These comprised eight widebodies – five A350-900s, two A330neos, and one A330-300 – and 30 narrowbodies – 28 A320neo family jets, and two A320ceos.
Lessors were involved in 21 of the region’s 46 deliveries for the month. Avolon and AerCap were the most active, with involvement in a total of nine deliveries.
Avolon was involved in five A320neo deliveries to three airlines. These comprised the three Vistara aircraft, as well as single examples each going to Cebu Pacific and Thai Lion Air.