Single-aisle aircraft orders and deliveries dominated business for both and through the first quarter of the year, with Airbus leading in both categories.
The European manufacturer delivered 144 aircraft through March 31, including 114 from itssingle-aisle family and its 100th and 101st . The remaining deliveries were .
By the end of the first quarter, Boeing delivered 137 total aircraft: 102series, six , 24 , four and one 787. Deliveries of the 787 were stopped after the grounded the aircraft in mid-January because of problems with its lithium-ion batteries.
Airbus has boosted its output 10% since January.
Boeing’s delivery rate, however, is the same as the first quarter 2012, and even though 737 production has increased, the total narrowbody deliveries climbed just three units. Boeing also has a goal to deliver 60this year, but is off the pace by 14 aircraft. However, the U.S. airframer has continued to manufacture the aircraft during the program’s grounding.
Orders for Airbus aircraft also surpassed Boeing’s sales rate in the first quarter, with the European manufacturer recorded 431 orders, led by A320 family orders including 234 an order from Lion Air for a mix of 109 A320NEOs, 65 A321NEOs and 60 A320s—and supplemented by an order for 16 A321NEOs from. One VIP Airbus -900 order was cancelled.
Boeing accumulated 209 orders in the quarter dominated by a 143-aircraft deal withthat contributed 100 of the 153 narrowbodies orders placed in the period. The American order also accounted for all 42 787 orders placed in the three months to March 31.
These totals do not include 184 NEO orders announced in the quarter byand that are expected to be firmed in the next two months or an order for 175 737NGs awaiting formal signing from .