Airbus keeps top planemaker spot
January 12, 2022 - Boeing’s deliveries of new planes surged in 2021 but the company still ended the year behind chief rival Airbus, which remained the world’s largest jetmaker for the third year running.
Boeing handed 340 jetliners to airlines and other buyers, up from 157 in 2020, as customers looked beyond the Covid pandemic’s toll on travel demand.
The deliveries were led largely by the 737 Max, which regulators worldwide had grounded for nearly two years after a fatal crash in 2018 and another in 2019.
The increase in deliveries was welcome news for Boeing, which has struggled in the wake of the crashes, the pandemic and manufacturing issues that have paused handovers to customers of its 787 Dreamliners for much of the past 14 months.
But chief rival Airbus delivered 611 planes last year, up 8% from 2020.
The Airbus deliveries were driven by demand for its popular A320 family of single-aisle jets.