In 2020, Airbus took gross orders for 184 aircraft. This compares to 246 gross orders received by Boeing, a decline of 25 percent compared to 2019. In 2020, Boeing's customers made contractual changes to some 641 orders, bringing the number of net orders down to a negative 641 jets. After factoring in conversions from previous years (due to contractual cancellations and adjustments made in response to the ASC 606 revenue recognition standard, Boeing's net orders came to a negative 1,034 units.
Airbus and Boeing
Boeing and Airbus are ranked as the two leading aircraft manufacturers worldwide. Both companies have produced highly successful jet models, including the Airbus A320 and Boeing’s 737 aircraft, which was often named as one of the best-selling jets worldwide before coming under scrutiny for falling short of safety standards.
The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350-1000 are some of the two company’s most recent models, respectively. Both the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are wide-bodied two-engined jet airliners that are powered by Rolls Royce Trent engines, although some 787 aircraft also sport General Electric’s GEnx (next generation) engines. General Electric and Rolls Royce are counted among the leading aircraft engine manufacturers globally.
The 787 Dreamliner is the first commercial aircraft to use lithium-ion batteries: A new technology that has its flaws. In 2013, the entire Dreamliner fleet was grounded after the batteries, which are supplied by Japan’s GS Yuasa Corporation, were linked to a number of severe fires. The National Transportation Safety Board of the United States blames the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing, as well as the two suppliers Thales and GS Yuasa for falling short in their roles to monitor safety and quality of the aircraft and its parts. Despite the manufacturer's woes, new orders for the 787 remain strong. In November 2019, Emirates updated its order book and placed 30 orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Number of gross orders for Airbus and Boeing aircraft between 2006 and 2020
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