I’m certain the Boeing and Airbus sales departments are thrilled that 2009 finally ended.
The Associated Press reports on 07JAN10 that Boeing’s new 2009 aircraft orders were 142 (about 1/10th the number of orders back in 2007) while Airbus received about 194 new orders.
Boeing delivered 481 commercial aircraft during 2009 and Airbus is expected to announce that it shipped 437 new aircraft.
Boeing’s total backlog is about 3,375 aircraft. I don’t have the figures for Airbus at this point.
Healthy backlogs will help these companies weather these challenging, global economic times. I expect many additional orders will be pushed out as the airline industry struggles with weak demand, lower profits and the effect of the recent terror attempt on Northwest Flight 253 over the Christmas holidays.
Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting