For the first time since 2011, Airbus has become the largest aircraft maker in the world. The European group delivered 863 planes last year and with that Boeing got rid of the throne, sources report Wednesday.
The change of the top position was already expected due to the disaster year that Boeing is going through. At the end of this year, the American group announced a production shutdown of the 737 MAX and the CEO was fired.
Airbus itself had to lower its forecast for this year by 2 to 3 percent in October. The group expected to deliver 860 aircraft. But it is reported that even in the last hours of 2019, additional funds were used to achieve 863 deliveries.
Airbus delivered 800 aircraft in 2018. The group does not want to respond officially to the figures, which must first be checked.
Boeing delivered 345 aircraft between January and November, more than half less than the same period last year. Throughout 2018, Boeing delivered 806 aircraft to customers.
See also: Can new CEO save Boeing? David Calhoun faces a major challenge