Airbus retains lead in jet business ahead of Boeing

Airbus has retained its leading position as the world’s largest jetmaker for the third year running by delivering 611 jets in 2021, up 8 percent from the year before, Reuters reported.
Airbus dealsBoeing handed over 302 jets in the first 11 months.

Airbus said it sold 771 airplanes in 2021, giving a net total of 507 after cancellations, almost twice the 2020 level.

Boeing is rebounding more slowly as it tackles the aftermath of a 737 MAX safety crisis and negotiates snags that suspended deliveries of its wide-body 787 Dreamliner.

Airbus is well ahead on deliveries. The winner on new orders depends on which accounting definition for net orders investors prefer when Boeing publishes data on Tuesday.

Based on partial 2021 data, Boeing looks set to at least match Airbus on net orders on an adjusted basis after a recent deal with Allegiant for 50 737 MAX that surfaced last week.

For the first 11 months of 2021, orders rebounded sharply to 829 planes but fell to a net total of 400 after cancellations.

On an adjusted basis, Boeing posted 457 net orders by end-November after partially restoring to its count orders that it at one point had deemed unlikely to materialise.

Barring surprise new orders, the Airbus data suggests Boeing faces a harder task in matching its arch-rival in net orders on an unadjusted basis.

Airbus starts 2022 with some momentum. Recent orders from Air France-KLM and Qantas have yet to be counted.