<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "after the end Boeing (NYSE: BA) all year in terms of order activity, Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY) The month of December was solid, recording almost as many orders as in the first 11 months of 2018 combined. "data-reactid =" 11 "> After being losers Boeing (NYSE: BA) year-round in terms of order activity, Airbus (NASDAQOTH: EADSY) had a strong December, recording almost as many orders as in the first 11 months of 2018.

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Airbus had another good month of December

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "By the end of November, Airbus had captured 380 net orders in 2018which leaves behind Boeing, who had already recorded 690 firm firm orders. By the end of December, Airbus had almost doubled its total orders for 2018, with 367 additional net firm orders. However, this performance has still not matched that of Airbus in December 2017. During this month, the company has reserved 776 firm firm orders to overtake Boeing and close this year with 1,109 net orders. "data-reactid =" 14 "> By the end of November, Airbus had captured 380 net orders in 2018which leaves behind Boeing, who had already recorded 690 firm firm orders. By the end of December, Airbus had almost doubled its total orders for 2018, with 367 additional net firm orders. However, this performance has still not matched that of Airbus in December 2017. During this month, the company has reserved 776 firm firm orders to overtake Boeing and finish this year with 1,109 net orders.

Airbus thus closed the year 2018 with 747 net firm orders for the year, a little less than its annual production of 800 jets. This is the first time in almost a decade that the company's orders have been lower than its deliveries.

Last month, Airbus placed orders with three US airlines for a total of 135 A220-300s. The European aircraft manufacturer has also announced several important orders for its family of A320neo aircraft, the best-selling aircraft in the world. In addition to the conclusion of a contract for 100 aircraft with the Avolon aircraft leasing company, Airbus also placed an order for 80 A320neos of an undisclosed customer and on an order of 50 A320neos and 17 A321neos from another undisclosed customer.

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Airbus has recorded 135 A220 orders by the end of 2018. Image Source: Airbus.

Airbus also announced a handful of smaller aircraft sales for December, offset by 25 order cancellations.

But that's Boeing for the victory

Boeing did not record as many orders as Airbus in December, but it entered the month with a huge lead in the 2018 race. The US aerospace giant recorded 203 net orders last month, bringing its total for the year to 893, which is enough to beat Airbus by almost 20%. This is also the eighth time in nine years that orders exceed deliveries for Boeing. The exception was 2016, when Boeing saw a slight decline in its orders.

In December, Boeing's order activity was primarily motivated by a single order of 125,737 MAX from an unidentified customer. The company also recorded a number of smaller orders during the month, including 18 orders for 777 of the current generation, which had been selling slowly over the past few years.

Bigger orders remain the problem – especially for Airbus

While Boeing recorded a good total of orders for 2018, the 737 MAX accounted for the vast majority of its orders. The four families of Boeing widebody aircraft – the 747, 767, 777 and 787 – combined only 218 orders last year, a little less than the 226 jumbo jets delivered. by Boeing in 2018.

The 787 Dreamliner was at the origin of the shortfall. While this popular model accounted for half of Boeing's widebody orders (109), Boeing built 145 Dreamliners last year. In addition, it plans to increase production by 787 units in 2019. To maintain a higher production rate, Boeing will have to start to earn many more orders for the Dreamliner. In addition, the only reason the orders exceeded the production of the other three families of aircraft is that Boeing has reduced the production of these models in recent years.

The story continues

Airbus is still worse off in this respect. In 2018, there were only 27 net orders for the A330 family, 40 net orders for the A350 family and four net orders for the A380. The A220 and A320 narrow-body families accounted for more than 90% of Airbus net orders last year.

Of the three families of Airbus wide-body aircraft, only the A350 has a healthy backlog. The A380 is already in phase of technical assistance, there remains no significant order from other customers than Emirates. The A330neo could join it without improving demand in the near future. For 2019, Airbus must give priority to the growth of sales of its wide-body models in order to avoid further reductions in production.

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