Airbus has just got ahead of its American rival, with its A320-family jet seizing the title of the world’s best-selling narrow-body airliner from Boeing’s scandal-plagued 737 and 737 MAX models.
As figures from both aviation giants reveal, the A320 – and its variants – had attracted a total of 15,193 orders, overtaking the similar-class 737, which has 15,136 on the books as of October.
Boeing, however, is still ahead of Airbus in terms of actual deliveries, but the gap is closing rapidly. In October alone, the Toulouse-based company shipped 77 aircraft to its customers, 59 of which were A320s, while their American rivals had only delivered 20 jets.
If Airbus manages to keep their lead, it will fulfill the mission behind starting up the A320 project some 30 years ago. The plane was actually designed to challenge the 737’s hegemony in the narrow-body jets market, becoming the aircraft of choice for many airlines in Europe and beyond.
Airbus itself claims that one A320-family jet takes off or lands somewhere in the world every 1.6 seconds. Boeing doesn’t have such statistics, but the ratio should be quite similar.