May 10, 2016: Airbus and Boeing split the leads for orders year-to-date through April 30 (May 2), following the monthly total released today by Airbus. Airbus led in wide-body orders by a wide margin. Boeing thumped Airbus in narrow-body orders.
Through April, Airbus had 52 net orders for the A330 and A350 families. (The A380 netted out to zero after orders and cancellations.) Boeing had 29 net orders for its wide-body family: four 747-8Fs (which were white tails), one 767, and 12 each for the 777 and 787, through May 2. (Airbus reports monthly, Boeing weekly.)
For Airbus, receiving more orders for wide-bodies than narrow-bodies is unusual. It’s also unusual to so widely lead Boeing n wide-body sales.
On the narrow-body sales, Boeing is just cleaning Airbus’ clock YTD.
It’s still early in the year. The leads could easily shift in both categories.
We’re still waiting for Emirates Airlines to decide on a large order between the A350-900 and the 787-10. This order was expected last year, but was put off to this year, probably the fourth quarter–which is when the Dubai Air Show is scheduled.