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.