About 55 years of history the Boeing 737 has become the best-selling aircraft of all time.
But the crisis that triggered the latest generation of the aircraft, the 737 Max, cost the plane its crown.
By the end of October, Boeing had registered 15,136 orders for 737 models, including all aircraft generations. However, Airbus recorded 15,193 orders for its competitor, the A320 Family.
Airbus has been closing the gap between its aircraft and Boeing for several years, especially as Airbus introduced its newest version, the A320neo, before its completion, with its 737 max. However, at the end of 201
The crisis that prompted 737 Max has made a significant contribution, as Boeing has not posted a meaningful order for 737 Max since April, one month after Earth's grounding.
Airbus took orders for the A320 in 1984, almost 20 years after the introduction of the 737. Boeing has delivered more 737s than Airbus A320s and will probably hold that record for years to come. In particular, with the grounding of the 737 Max lifted and Boeing resuming deliveries, AirInsight is expected to record a record high in 2020.
However, Airbus order book is expected to remain ahead of Boeing for the foreseeable future The A320 family continues to record strong sales.
On the second day of the Dubai Air Show, Airbus placed 120 firm orders for A320 variants of Air Arabia based in the United Arab Emirates, including 20 long-haul versions of the A321. Boeing has recorded its second sale since its inception with 10 new 737 Max orders from the leisure airline SunExpress.
At the larger Paris Air Show in June, Airbus ordered 273 A320neo jets from around a dozen customers, while Boeing's 200 sold 737 Max surprisingly goes to the European airline conglomerate IAG.
With the resumption of next month's deliveries and final commercial service resumption in January, it is likely that the jet will be ordered – especially by airlines with large fleets over older 737s – will increase.
Airbus' continuing strong sales and the June launch of the A321XLR long-haul variant – a challenge to Boeing's pending NMA or "new mid-size aircraft", a category above the 737 – mean it does. It is unlikely that the 737 will soon surpass the A320.