By the Leeham News Team
Oct. 16, 2023, © Leeham News: Airbus and Boeing have airplane order backlogs exceeding 10,000 aircraft. Most of the respective production lines are sold out to 2026 and even beyond 2030. Airlines and lessors must place orders soon to get into the queue. If early delivery positions are sought, the customers must hope Airbus and Boeing can find a few slots—but there won’t be many.
Like airlines selling their seats, Airbus and Boeing overbook production slots. The OEMs bet on boosting production rates, customers willing to defer deliveries (for whatever reason), cancellations to open earlier slots, or to meet delivery commitments. These bets sometimes pay off—and sometimes they don’t.
Today, LNA looks at the Top Customers of each product line and assesses the risk factors of whether these carriers will likely take delivery of their orders. We’ll do the same for Boeing.