Aircraft deliveries by manufacturer - global aircraft fleet 1998-2018

Since 2012, Boeing has consistently been the largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, delivering 806 jets in 2018. Their main competitor, Airbus, is not very far behind though, adding 800 jets to the global aircraft fleet in that year.

Airbus and Boeing

The two dominant global aircraft manufactures are Boeing and Airbus. Aside from commercial aircraft, both companies also produce military aircraft, rockets, satellites, communications equipment and missiles. Boeing generates close to half its revenue in the United States, with roughly two thirds of revenue coming from its commercial airplanes segment. Airbus have a greater presence than Boeing in Europe and the Asia Pacific region, although their share of the North American market is much smaller.

Cost of aircraft

Airplanes are very expensive, with most of Airbus’s commercial aircraft ranging from 100 million to 400 million U.S. dollars. This raises the question of how funds are sourced to purchase new aircraft. For new Boeing aircraft at least, funding is split reasonably equally between bank debt, capital markets and cash – with bank debt being slightly more common.

Number of jets added to the global aircraft fleet from 1998 to 2018, by manufacturer (in units)*

BoeingAirbusBombardierEmbraerOthers
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Release date

July 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1998 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Passenger jets, including combi and quick change, and jet.

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