Airbus’s A320neo family has overtaken the A320 in terms of 2018 deliveries, with the re-engined version accounting for the majority handed over so far this year.
The airframer reached the tipping-point around 28-30 July, when deliveries of an A321neo to SriLankan Airlines, and subsequent transfer of A320neos to Avianca, Go Air and IndiGo Airlines, took the re-engined aircraft into the lead.
Airbus’s latest delivery figures confirm that the A320neo edged further ahead during August.
Over the first eight months of this year the airframer delivered 349 single-aisle jets, including five A220s.
The remaining 344 comprised 185 A320neo-family and 159 A320-family jets, meaning that the re-engined version accounted for nearly 54% of A320 deliveries.
Thirty-one A320neo-family jets were delivered in August, of which 17 were fitted with CFM International Leap-1A engines, and 14 with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G.
Airbus has delivered 58 of the larger A321neo so far this year along with 127 A320neos.
Boeing backlog figures indicate that the US airframer had delivered 100 of its re-engined 737 Max by the end of July this year, out of a total of nearly 300 737s.