Boeing Delivers 112 Aircraft in 3Q22, Airbus Pushes Ahead

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LONDON – American planemaker Boeing has announced it has delivered 112 aircraft in the third quarter of this year, with their year-to-date at 328 aircraft.

Below is a breakdown of commercial aircraft deliveries for the third quarter of 2022:

  • 737 Family – 88 aircraft.
  • 767 Family – 9 aircraft.
  • 777 Family – 6 aircraft.
  • 787 Family – 9 aircraft.

Below is a breakdown of commercial aircraft deliveries for year-to-date 2022:

  • 737 Family – 277 aircraft.
  • 747 Family – 3 aircraft.
  • 767 Family – 21 aircraft.
  • 777 Family – 18 aircraft.
  • 787 Family – 9 aircraft.

How Is This in Comparison to Airbus?

In the third quarter of 2022, Airbus delivered the following:

  • July: 46 aircraft.
  • August: 39 aircraft.
  • September: 55 aircraft.

This means that a total of 140 aircraft were delivered in the third quarter of 2022, which is 28 aircraft more than Boeing.

From the year-to-date perspective, Airbus has delivered 437 aircraft to 66 different customers, which is 109 aircraft more than the American planemaker as well.

This means, therefore, that Airbus is plowing ahead, especially as we head into the fourth quarter of this year.

Boeing’s Current Problem: 737 MAX 7/10…

For Boeing to get more deliveries and orders onboard, it needs to deal with a current problem regarding the 737 MAX family.

The Airlines Pilots Association (APA), which represents more than 15,000 pilots at American Airlines, has expressed its strong opposition to any extension being granted to Boeing over the 737-7 and 737-10 MAX aircraft certification, which was announced earlier this week would likely be pushed back to 2023.

The regulatory period runs out in December of this year, but there has been a case made to have this extended into 2023, as Boeing must first meet the requirements of the Cockpit alerting systems in the new aircraft, a step that has been brought in to help ensure that two deadly crashes involving 737-8 MAX aircraft can never happen again.

Capt. Edward Sicher, APA President said: “Boeing needs to proceed with installing modern crew alerting systems on these aircraft to mitigate pilot startle-effect and confusion during complex, compound system malfunctions,”

“Once these systems are installed, and pilots have been properly trained on them, our crews will be better able to identify system failures and prioritize corrective actions that could save lives.”

Following these incidents, though, Boeing took an aggressive stance during the investigation periods, blaming the pilots for their lack of understanding of the MCAS system, something which we now also know was something that the U.S Manufacturer had failed to problem inform both airlines and pilots about, which lead to improper training and understanding of the system.

“We oppose any extension of the exemption and don’t agree with Boeing’s claim that pilots could become confused when moving from an airplane without the modern alert system to one that is equipped with it. Nothing could be further from our flight deck reality,” Capt. Sicher said.

“Consider the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 – they’re substantially different airplanes, yet operate under a single certificate. Pilots have routinely flown both on the same day without any confusion.”

Either way, despite a strong month, Boeing still has a lot of work to do if it aims to compete with Airbus, especially as we head into 2023 too!

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