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Airbus' 111 Deliveries in December is a Record

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As mentioned in a blog post earlier this month, Airbus delivered a record 111 aircraft in December 2016. With the assistance of Senior Analyst Nigel Howarth, I dug through Aviation Week's Fleet Discovery to find the top ten commercial jetliner deliveries (including executive or military variants) in a calendar month by manufacturer. The chart below shows that Airbus' 111 deliveries beat previous months by a wide margin, no doubt helped in part by A350s and A320neos that had backed up during the year due to delays.

RANK MANUFACTURER MONTH NO. OF DELIVERIES
1 Airbus December 2016 111
2 Boeing December 1998 83*
3 Airbus December 2015 79
4 Boeing September 2015 77
5 Boeing December 2014 76
6 Airbus December 2014 75
7 Boeing June 2016 74
8 Airbus December 2012 72
  Boeing September 2016 72
9 Boeing December 1999 71*
  Boeing June 2014 71
  Boeing March 2015 71
  Boeing June 2015 71
  Boeing November 2015 71
  Boeing March 2016 71
  Boeing May 2016 71
10 Boeing December 2013 68

* includes McDonnell Douglas types

A Cathay Pacific A350 awaits handover at Airbus' delivery center. Photo credit: Nigel Howarth

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