The chart shows that something similar happens here, with shares of the manufacturers being shuffled, and Airbus’s market share dropping by rather more than Boeing’s. Reasons for this include:
- Long-haul flights, dominated by Boeing & Airbus, were radically cut, cutting their market share compared to other manufacturers. Here Boeing’s market share held up better, with many more Boeing 777 and 747 flights than Airbus 330 and 380.
- Short-haul, mostly domestic flights held up better. These are mostly by smaller aircraft neither from Airbus nor Boeing. The most striking example is that, from April-June, the busiest non-Airbus/Boeing aircraft was the S92 Sikorsky helicopter, where it normally ranks in the teens. Even in lockdown, oil rigs still need their connectivity to dry land.
At the start of 2021, the ordering isn’t yet returned to pre-COVID ‘normal’. Indeed as the traffic outlook weakens again, ‘normal’ manufacturer shares might be some time off.
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Technical Bits: We’ve left Boeing & Airbus helicopters in ‘other manufacturers’. Aircraft designations change with time: we have used today’s, so that the Airbus A220 is labelled as ‘Airbus’ throughout, rather than ‘Bombardier’ then ‘Airbus’. ATR, while a joint venture for Airbus, is classed in ‘other.’ It had a share of 3.5-4% in both Summer 2008 and Summer 2019. ‘Europe’ here is the airspace of member states of the European Civil Aviation Conference. The data include a small proportion of overflights of Europe.