During the 55-year history the Boeing 737 jet line has become the best-selling aircraft of all time.
But the crisis that has founded the last generation of the aircraft, 737 Max, has cost the aircraft the crown.
By the end of October, Boeing had registered 15,136 orders for 737 models, including all generations of the aircraft. However, Airbus listed 15,193 orders to its competitor, the A320 family.
Airbus has closed the gap between the aircraft and Boeings in recent years, especially when Airbus introduced its latest version, the A320neo, before Boeing was ready with its 737 Max. However, the A320 was still more than 400 orders behind 737 at the end of 201[ads1]8.
The crisis that has established 737 Max is a major contributor, since Boeing has not been able to place a meaningful order for 737 Max since April, a month after the grounding began.
Airbus began ordering the A320 in 1984, almost 20 years after the 737 was introduced. Boeing has still delivered more 737s than Airbus has delivered A320s, and is likely to hold on to this record for years. Especially since 737 Max grounding is lifted and Boeing resumes deliveries, the company is expected to have a record delivery year in 2020, according to AirInsight.
But Airbus's order book will likely be ahead of Boees for the foreseeable future, which the A320 family still sees strongly.
On the second day of the Dubai Air Show, Airbus registered 120 fixed orders for A320 variants from UAE-based Air Arabia, including 20 long-haul versions of the A321. Boeing recorded its second sale since the ground start started with 10 new 737 Max orders from leisure airline SunExpress.
At the larger Paris Air Show in June, Airbus placed orders for 273 A320neo jets, from about a dozen customers, while Boeing sold 200 737 Maxs to the European aviation conglomerate IAG in a surprise deal.
With 737 Max expected to resume deliveries next month and receive final certification to resume commercial service by January, orders from the jet – especially from airlines with large fleets over the older 737s – are likely to increase.
Airbus & # 39; continued strong sales, along with the introduction of the long-range A321XLR from June – a challenge for Boeing's not yet completed NMA, or "new mid-size aircraft", a category above 737 – means it's unlikely that The 737 will surpass the A320 anytime soon.