The numbers are in and it looks like it was an awkward quarter – the numbers aren’t even close.  Airbus won 45 net orders to Boeing’s 228.  Airbus delivered 121 to Boeing’s 184.  The charts show how Boeing’s performance outclassed Airbus over the 1Q18.

A tweet from a Boeing employee noted: “Boeing delivered more 737s in the 1st quarter (132) than all of Airbus’ deliveries combined (121). The 737 program also set a new monthly record by delivering 66 airplanes in March.”

As always, it’s early days.  The dust has not settled on the US/China trade spat.  Both OEMs announced juicy orders this week already.  But looking back over the first 90 days it does not look like these two competitors are in the same race.

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Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

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