Happy New Year from LondonSpotter and welcome to our final delivery report of the year: December 2017.
If you thought Airbus and Boeing would take their foot off the gas for Christmas, you were wrong. December has been another big month in the airline industry so here goes!
Kicking off the month (literally the first delivery of the month) was the most special delivery of them all. On December 1st, LOT Polish received their first B737MAX (SP-LVA) aircraft. The new MAX is up to 14% more efficient than older 737 models and operates the London – Warsaw route. Londonspotter.co.uk’s James was onboard the inaugural flight. You can read about his experience here.
In fact, LOT received their second MAX (SP-LVB) later in December, too. Another airline to receive the MAX was Air Canada which we also reviewed in our monthly guest review which you can read here. Other airlines were American Airlines (x2), China Eastern (x3) Hainan Airlines, Air China (x2) China Southern (x4), SIlkair, Mauritiana Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Southwest, FlyDubai, Aerolineas Argentina and finally Garuda Indonesia who picked up their first MAX variant. Blimey that’s a long list! Well done Boeing.
Airbus rivaled Boeing with their NEO deliveries as they sent out 38 (YES THIRTY-EIGHT) A320 NEO aircraft to 17 carriers. Air Asia received the most (5), followed by Frontier and Air India (4), GoAir, Idigo, Tianjin and Pegasus (3), SAS, AZUL, Avianca (2) and finally Latam, Vistara, Sichuan, Air China, Hong Kong Express, China Western and Thai Air Asia who all added one to their fleet.
The efficiency battle of the B787 and A350 was won by Boeing in December as they churned out a whopping 12 -9 aircraft and not a single -8.
Hainan took the prize for the most 787s with three and American, Oman Air, Qantas, NEOS, AeroMexico, Air China, Norwegian, Etihad and Korean Air all received one.
Back at Toulouse, Airbus workers sent eight A350s away to seven airlines. Noteworthy deliveries included Malaysian’s second A350 and Delta’s 6th. Other deliveries went to Qatar (x2), Cathay Pacific, Singapore, Asiana and Vietnam Airlines.
And back to Seattle, we’re really clocking up the airmiles here! The 777 had a very positive month. Qatar added four to their fleet, Philippines Airlines took home two and Turkish and Emirates received one.
Sorry, back to France for this bit…
The sole A380 of December was A7-API – Qatar Airways.
And finally, the A330 was delivered to seven airlines. Lucky Air took home their second A330, Thai Lion Air received two, Hainan received three and China Eastern, Saudia, Shenzhen and Iberia all received one.
That’s all from me this month and this year! I’ll be back in January 2018 with your round up of January’s deliveries. Will Airbus and Boeing workers be slow under the extra weight of Christmas pudding? Come back next month to find out!
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