The order battle between Boeing and Airbus is one of the ways for Boeing and Airbus to flex their muscles, next to marketing their products as the best solution with the highest fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. Despite the fact that the orders (in terms of value) are in no way a reflection of financial performance, it is important to have a look at the order inflow since it gives a nice idea of which manufacturer offers the best mix of discount, comfort, slot availability and efficiency.
In this article, AeroAnalysis has a look at the order inflow during May for both manufacturers and has a look at their role in the narrow and wide body market.
Overview order division
Figure 1: Infographic Orders May
Airbus received 19 cancellations and 19 swaps, leaving the jet maker with 162 net orders year-to-date. Boeing is clearly in the lead: The jet maker received 298 orders and 30 cancellations, bringing the net orders to 268.
Order inflow in May was focused on narrow body aircraft: Over 95% of the orders were for a narrow body aircraft.