MIAMI – According to the most recent manufacturer data, Boeing outperformed Airbus in terms of aircraft orders in May 2021. Airbus’ results, which revealed only seven aircraft orders, were overshadowed by the results of the American aircraft maker, which revealed a total of 73 aircraft orders.

The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft series received the most orders. In May 2021, there were 61 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on order, with Southwest Airlines (WN) placing the most recent order for 34 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The SMBC Aviation Capital placed the remaining 14 MAX orders, while Alaska Airlines (AS) placed 13 orders for the 737 MAX.

In addition, six Boeing 777 freighters were ordered by anonymous clients while five Boeing 787 Dreamliners and one Boeing 777 freighter were ordered by Lufthansa (LH).

The Airbus A350 aircraft accounted for around 70% of Airbus’ overall orders in May 2021, according to the company’s estimates. Only five Airbus A350 aircraft were ordered by Germany’s flag carrier LH and two Airbus A320neo aircraft were ordered by Volaris (Y4), a Mexican low-cost carrier.

Volaris N531VL Airbus A320-271N. Photo: Misael Ocasio Hernandez/Airways

Airbus Deliveries


Airbus, on the other hand, surpassed Boeing in terms of aircraft deliveries. Airbus delivered a total of 50 aircraft in May 2021, which include 41 Airbus A320neo planes, four Airbus A220 planes, three Airbus A350 planes, one Airbus A330neo plane, and one Airbus A380 plane. Boeing, comparably, only 17 planes.

Boeing also delivered two Boeing 787 Dreamliners in addition to ten Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has temporarily delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner deliveries as a result of a request for more information on Boeing’s planned remedy to solve previously announced Boeing 787 Dreamliner manufacturing concerns.

Boeing also revealed that one Boeing 777 freighter, one Boeing 767-300 freighter, one Boeing 747 freighter, and one Boeing 737-800A were handed over. 

AeroTime Hub reports that according to the latest figures, widebody jet sales for both Airbus and Boeing remained low, as many airlines ceased taking widebody planes due to lower demand in long-haul operations and global travel limitations.

Boeing delivered 111 aircraft to 30 customers between January and May 2021, while the European aircraft manufacturer delivered 220 aircraft to 61 customers around the world. Boeing, on the other hand, has more gross orders than Airbus. Boeing has received 380 orders, while Airbus has received 94.


Featured image: Boeing 737 MAX 7. Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways