Gazing at the tarmac of any U.S. airport, a casual observer can be forgiven if he or she concludes that Boeing is hugely dominant in the commercial airliner business. But that would be wrong. Airbus has achieved parity with Boeing in annual deliveries, and is poised to overtake Boeing by a substantial margin this year, due in no small part to Boeing’s ongoing issues with the 737 Max jetliner. Through July, Boeing delivered 258 airliners this year, while Airbus delivered 458. The chart below, from TheAtlas.com, shows how neck-and-neck the race has been in recent years.
Boeing versus Airbus
| September 30, 2019