​ANALYSIS: March 2019 Asia-Pacific deliveries report

Aviation

Asia-Pacific airlines received 53 of the 124 commercial aircraft delivered during the month of March.

Airlines in Europe followed with 32 deliveries and airlines in the USA taking 24 new aircraft, according to Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer.

Airlines in the Middle East took seven new aircraft, while those in Africa took five and Latin America three.

Commercial aircraft deliveries by region

All data Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer

Among Asia-Pacific countries, Chinese airlines led deliveries with 32 new aircraft. Japanese airlines had a notable month with eight new aircraft delivered, while Indian airlines took three new aircraft.

Asia-Pacific deliveries by country – March 2019

All Nippon Airways and China Southern Airlines were the regional carriers with the most deliveries, taking five new jets each.

ANA received its first of three Airbus A380s. Given the cancellation of the A380 programme, this is the last time a new airline customer will take an A380 fresh from Toulouse. It also took two A320neos, as well as a Boeing 777-300ER and a 787-9.

Asia-Pacific deliveries by type – March 2019

China Southern took delivery of four Airbus A321neos and a single Boeing 787-9.

China Eastern Airlines followed with four new aircraft: three 737-800s and a single A320neo.

Airbus beat Boeing for March 2019 deliveries to the region, with 32 aircraft against Boeing’s 20.

Airbus delivered a total of 29 A320 family aircraft against Boeing’s six 737 Max aircraft and four 737NGs. Boeing’s deliveries of the 737 Max were impacted by the global grounding of the reengined type following the crash of a 737 Max 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines on 10 March.

Boeing vs. Airbus in Asia-Pacific deliveries

Boeing, however, delivered 10 widebody jets to the Asia-Pacific in March, compared to Airbus’s three. It delivered seven 787-9s, two 787-10s, and single 777-300ER compared with Airbus’s delivery of one A380, one A350-900, and one A350-1000.

Lessors were involved in 18 of March’s 53 deliveries in the Asia-Pacific.

Lessor involvement in Asia-Pacific deliveries – March 2019

Overall, 11 lessors were active in the region’s new deliveries. AerCap was involved with three A321neo deliveries, with a pair going to Sichuan Airlines and one going to China Southern.

Air Lease Corporation, Aviation Capital Group, Avolon, BOC Aviation, and GECAS were all involved in two deliveries each.