Setting aside recent Boeing MAX crisis and post pandemic manufacturing issues, who was overall delivering aircraft faster before 2019, Boeing or Airbus?

PS: If you want to pick a specific model, Let's consider their most popular version for comparison, B737 vs A320 .

  • $\begingroup$ Whatever the current rate of production for Boeing aircraft is, it is too fast for safety. $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Feb 11 at 21:38
  • $\begingroup$ unfortunately indeed $\endgroup$
    – Gabe
    Feb 12 at 4:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Gabe with their quality standards nowadays, probably building 1 aircraft per month would be too fast. $\endgroup$ Feb 13 at 17:04

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Airbus claims that it takes 1 month for the final assembly of an A320 and from manufacturing of first part to completed aircraft it takes 1 year. This is probably because Airbus has various factories all across Europe to build the planes.

After the fuselage is brought over by train, Boeing has claimed that it only takes 9 days to assemble the aircraft. They are currently planning to make 42 737s per month from February.

From a pretty long time, Airbus has had an edge over Boeing in terms of A320 per month, currently it seems to be approximately 45-60.

Sources - Boeing 737 in 9 days after receiving fuselage

Airbus A320 per month figures (Aug 23)

Time taken for A320 manufacturing

PS: I see now that the question was asking about pre-2019 production rates, from some reasearch I've done it can be seen that Airbus was still a bit ahead of Boeing in 2019 but Boeing was certainly more competitive than it is now.


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