Though the two big planemakers claim they don’t worry about such matters, the informal order and commitment race for new airliners during the Farnborough Air Show week easily went to Boeing.
Here’s the final tally:
Boeing: 228 firm orders, 145 commitments. Total value at list prices: $36 billion. All of Boeing’s air show week sales and commitments were for its 737 aircraft either in the present Next Generation form or in the 737 Max upgrade.
Airbus: The European manufacturer reported 61 commitments and 54 orders. Total worth at list prices: $16.9 billion. Airbus order activity was for a combination of wide-bodied and single-aisle planes including a new order from Cathay Pacific for its A350XWB-1000 model.
The usual order frenzy was down considerably from last year’s Paris Air Show where Airbus left Boeing in the dust with new orders for its A320neo, a plane for which Boeing then had no rival. Since then, Boeing has fielded the upgraded 737 Max aircraft.
The pace of orders is down considerably for both manufacturers because of a slowing global economy and because both planemakers are so backlogged with existing orders that airlines seeking new aircraft now face a five- or six-year wait until the planes ordered today can be delivered.