Airbus' 127 Aircraft Deliveries In December Is Another Record

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Airbus delivered 127 aircraft in December 2017, setting yet another record for the most commercial jet aircraft delivered by a manufacturer in a single month. The previous record of 111 was set in December 2016, also by Airbus.

While production rates of narrowbody aircraft are increasing, which accounts for the majority of deliveries today, these delivery records have more to do with the typical end-of-the-year rush to deliver as many aircraft as possible rather than a "new normal". The top five months with delivery records were all in December and all saw a significant drop the following January as shown in the chart below.

RANK MANUFACTURER MONTH NO. OF DELIVERIES NO. OF DELIVERIES THE FOLLOWING MONTH PERCENT CHANGE
1 Airbus December 2017 127 27 -79%
2 Airbus December 2016 111 25 -77%
3 Boeing December 2017 83 44 -47%
4 Boeing December 1998 82 40 -51%
5 Airbus December 2015 79 22 -72%
6 Boeing September 2015 78 58 -26%
7 Boeing December 2014 77 50 -35%
  Boeing September 2017 77 56 -27%
8 Airbus December 2014 75 36 -52%
  Boeing June 2017 75 58 -23%
9 Boeing June 2016 74 57 -23%
  Boeing March 2017 74 52 -30%
  Airbus November 2017 74 127 +72%
10 Boeing March 2016 73 54 -26%
  Boeing May 2016 73 74 +1%

Stepping back a bit to put today's aircraft production rates in perspective, the table below shows the monthly delivery record for selected other commercial jet airliner manufacturers, past and present.

MANUFACTURER MONTH NO. OF DELIVERIES AIRCRAFT
TYPE
Bombardier January 2003 39 CRJ
McDonnell Douglas December 1967 31 DC-8, DC-9
Embraer December 2008 28 ERJ
Fokker December 1991 13 Fokker 100
British Aerospace December 1989 10 BAe 146
British Aircraft Corp. March 1970 10 BAC 1-11
Convair January 1961 8 CV-880
Lockheed December 1973 7

L-1011

Sukhoi February 2017 7 Superjet
Sud-Aviation February 1962 6 Caravelle
Fairchild-Dornier March 2001 6 328JET
De Havilland April 1962 5

Comet

Source: Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet Discovery

 

A China Southern A330 awaits delivery at Airbus' factory in Toulouse. Photo credit: Nigel Howarth

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