An Overview of the U.S. Commercial Aircraft Fleet

Recent U.S. DoT Data Reveals Fleet of 7,309 Aircraft Flying as of Year-End 2017

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent, Forecast International.

The Boeing 737-800 is the most commonly used aircraft by airlines in the United States. As of the end of 2017, American Airlines operated a fleet of 304 aircraft of this type, ahead of Southwest with 181 aircraft, United Airlines (141), Delta Air Lines (77), and Alaska Airlines (61).  Source: BriYYZ (flickr user).

Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its annual Schedule B-43 Inventory database, which contains all commercial aircraft in the U.S. inventory as of year-end 2017. Some inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the raw data were identified and fixed by Forecast International by cross-checking with individual airline fleet data.

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Airbus and Boeing Report September 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Both Manufacturers Report Strong Deliveries; Boeing Still Well Ahead in Orders Race

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent, Forecast International.

On September 3, Airbus booked an order for 25 A321neos for VivaAerobus, a low-cost carrier based in Mexico. The order was originally announced in July and also converts 16 A320neos to A321neos. VivaAerobus operates an all-Airbus fleet and has a total of 60 A320neo family jets on order. Photo Courtesy: Airbus SAS

Boeing and Airbus delivered 87 and 69 commercial jets in September 2018, respectively, compared to 78 and 55 deliveries during the same month last year. September is traditionally a busy month for deliveries. Boeing has made a strong comeback after the company only delivered 39 aircraft in July as a result of 737 delays due to late deliveries of fuselages and engines from suppliers. Boeing has stated that it is making good progress toward fixing the logjam by year end and has also reaffirmed its full-year delivery target. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016). Continue reading

Airbus and Boeing Report August 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Boeing Reaffirms Full-Year Delivery Target, Makes Good Progress toward Fixing Delays

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent, Forecast International.

In August 2018, Boeing booked orders for a total of 90 737 MAX narrowbodies, 30 of which will go to Air Lease Corporation. The ALC order was originally announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, along with an order for three 787-9 Dreamliners. Source: The Boeing Company

Boeing and Airbus delivered 64 and 54 commercial jets in August 2018, respectively, compared to 66 and 46 deliveries during the same month last year. August is traditionally an average month for deliveries. With only 39 deliveries in July as a result of 737 delays due to late deliveries of fuselages and engines from suppliers, Boeing made a strong comeback. While the company’s supply chain woes have not disappeared, the company has taken steps to mitigate the problem and has stated that it is making good progress toward fixing the logjam by year end. The company has also reaffirmed its full-year delivery target. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016). Continue reading

Bombardier Looks to Future After CSeries

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Bombardier CRJ1000

After years of difficulty, Bombardier has made some bold moves under its five-year restructuring plan, begun in 2015.

The most dramatic of these steps has been the formation of a joint venture, majority led by Airbus, to take over the CSeries program.  This effort, begun in late 2017, became official in July 2018 when Airbus assumed a 50.01 percent controlling stake in the program. The CSeries was quickly rebranded as the Airbus A220 after the joint venture took control of the program. The two new models in Airbus’ lineup, the A220-100 and A220-300, were formerly known as the CS100 and CS300, respectively. Continue reading

Airbus and Boeing Report July 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Boeing Reports Weak Shipments Due to 737 Supply Chain Woes

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent, Forecast International.

In July 2018, Boeing delivered only 39 jets, including 29 737s, as the company’s supply chain struggles to keep up with demand. The biggest issue right now appears to be delays in shipments of CFM International LEAP-1B engines. About 50 737s without engines are reportedly parked around Boeing’s Renton factory. Source: CFM International

Boeing and Airbus delivered 39 and 77 commercial jets in July 2018, respectively, compared to 58 and 47 deliveries during the same month last year. July is traditionally a slow month for deliveries, but Boeing’s shipment tally was unusually low as a result of 737 delays due to late deliveries of fuselages and engines from suppliers. Airbus’ July shipments were unusually high, as the company is now able to deliver already assembled aircraft that have been sitting on the tarmac waiting for their engines. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016). Continue reading

Boeing Increases Production and Insourcing Efforts as Backlog Rises

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Boeing 737 MAX 7 First Flight. Source: Boeing

The market for large commercial transports continues to rise following a brief downtick in 2015-2016.  At the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, both Airbus and Boeing generated an impressive number of orders and commitments. All told, the over 1,400 aircraft orders placed was the biggest total since 2013, with Airbus garnering 431 orders and Boeing “winning” the show with 676. Continue reading

Biggest Sales Haul in Five Years at 2018 Farnborough Airshow

By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace AnalystForecast International.

Boeing 777. Source: Boeing

The recently concluded Farnborough International Airshow generated an impressive number of orders and other purchase commitments (options, letters of intent, Memoranda of Understanding, etc.) for the world’s commercial aircraft manufacturers.  Aircraft orders and commitments totaled more than 1,400, outpacing recent Farnborough shows and even the last two Paris Air Shows (2017 and 2015).  One would have to go back to the 2013 Paris show to find a bigger sales haul at an international air show. Continue reading

Airbus and Boeing Report June 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Both Companies Report Solid Order Haul Ahead of Farnborough IAS 2018

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent, Forecast International.

On June 22, Airbus reported that Greece’s biggest airline, Aegean, had firmed up an order for the purchase of 20 A320neo and 10 A321neo jets. The deal follows an earlier MoU signed in March 2018. The order was just one of many sizable Boeing and Airbus bookings in June.
Photo: Airbus SAS

Boeing and Airbus delivered 82 and 80 commercial jets in June 2018, respectively, compared to 75 and 64 deliveries during the same month last year. June is traditionally a busy month for deliveries. Of key importance for Airbus, its persistent troubles with insufficient engine deliveries appear to be easing. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016).

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Airbus and Boeing Report May 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Boeing deliveries on track to meet full-year target as Airbus’ struggles continue

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent, Forecast International.

On May 17 it was reported that Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), one of the world’s largest aircraft lessors, is in talks to buy a total of 400 jets from Airbus and Boeing. The government-controlled firm is interested in buying narrowbody Airbus A320neos and Boeing 737 MAXs. Photo: The Boeing Co

Boeing and Airbus delivered 68 and 51 commercial jets in May 2018, respectively, compared to 56 and 60 deliveries during the same month last year. May is traditionally an average month for deliveries. For Airbus, it was another disappointing month dogged by insufficient engine deliveries as suppliers Pratt & Whitney and General Electric struggle to keep up with demand. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016).

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Airbus and Boeing Report April 2018 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

Deliveries slow as Boeing secures major American Airlines Dreamliner order

by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent, Forecast International.

On April 10, 2018, American Airlines placed an order for 47 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, including options for 28 additional aircraft. At the same time, American Airlines canceled an old US Airways order for 22 Airbus A350-900s. (Boeing illustration) (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

Boeing and Airbus delivered 44 and 51 commercial jets in April 2018, respectively, compared to 52 and 46 deliveries during the same month last year. April is traditionally a slow month for deliveries. In 2017, Boeing delivered 763 jets (748 in 2016), in line with company expectations, while Airbus surpassed its delivery target of 700 jets by handing over 718 aircraft during 2017 (688 in 2016). Continue reading