Boeing topping Airbus on commercial aircraft deliveries in 2015
Airbus has taken a commanding lead over the Boeing Co. on commercial aircraft orders heading into the last month of the year, but Boeing has the lead on the rubber-meets-the-road metric of aircraft deliveries.
According to Airbus’ most recent order update, the European planemaker reached 1,007 net new orders through the end of November — well ahead of the 568 net orders Boeing (NYSE: BA) reported through Dec. 2. While another annual order win is a feather in the cap of Airbus to be sure, Boeing will retain its title as the world’s largest planemaker with its own sizable lead on deliveries.While orders look good and help boost backlogs, it’s deliveries that put cash in the bank, as the bulk of the money on most aircraft purchases come at the time of delivery. Boeing delivered 709 planes through the end of November, compared to 556 for Airbus.The vast majority of those combined deliveries — as well as the orders, provided they all materialize into eventual deliveries — mean work for Wichita’s commercial aerospace cluster, including the city’s largest employer, Spirit AeroSystems Inc.Spirit (NYSE: SPR) has work on all Boeing commercial programs, as well as on multiple Airbus platforms.