Airbus, the aircraft maker, delivered a record 863 aircraft in 2019, making it the world’s largest aircraft maker for the first time since 2011 and taking the crown from embattled U.S. rival Boeing, sources said on Wednesday. Airbus’s 2019 deliveries are up 7.9 per cent year-on-year.
The ranking between the two giants is expected to be reversed by the Boeing 737 MAX suspension crisis. Airbus’s record numbers further underscore the long way Boeing still has to do to regain its market position.
Airbus declined to comment on the figures. These numbers must be reviewed before they can be finalized and published.
Boeing delivered 345 long-range aircraft between January and November last year, less than half the 704 in the same period in 2018. Throughout 2018, Boeing delivered 806 aircraft.