Boeing beats Airbus in first quarter

U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing is performing better than its French rival Airbus in the first quarter of 2023. In this tight competition, Boeing benefited from a strong March, while Airbus made fewer deliveries than the previous year.


Boeing overtakes Airbus! The U.S. aircraft manufacturer announced Tuesday that it had made 130 aircraft deliveries in the first quarter of 2023. The day before, Airbus had announced the delivery of 127 aircraft in the first quarter, a decline of 9% compared to the previous year. The decline is attributed to ongoing supply chain problems.


Boeing’s deliveries, on the other hand, were up nearly 27% from the previous year, when it delivered 95 aircraft. With the return of its flagship 737 and 787 models, the U.S. manufacturer delivered 64 airplanes in March, 36% more than the 41 airplanes transferred to customers in the same month in 2022. The 737 Max accounted for 52 of these deliveries, with United Airlines and Southwest Airlines each having already acquired 12 planes of this model.


For the year 2023, Boeing has set a goal of delivering four hundred 737 Max and seventy 787s. The company has already delivered 113 737 Max aircraft, but will have to pick up the pace for the 787s, of which it has yet to deliver 11.


In March, the company booked gross orders for 60 aircraft, including forty Max and twenty 787s. This was offset by order cancellations for sixteen Maxes and six 787s, for a total of 38 net orders.


Strong recovery


Boeing deliveries have picked up again after a complicated start to the year. Indeed, the first two months were sluggish, partly due to the halt in 787 Dreamliner deliveries ordered in February by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The U.S. government agency wanted to perform additional testing on a component of the 787 Dreamliner’s fuselage.



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