On January 4, CCTV News reported that Airbus had delivered a total of 863 passenger jets in 2019, according to Reuters. For the first time since 2011, Airbus has \"beaten\" its old rival, Boeing, to become the world's largest aircraft manufacturer.
While the report doesn't mention the number of aircraft delivered for the full year of 2019, it notes that Boeing delivered only 345 aircraft from January to November last year, less than half of the same period in 2018, and it is conceivable that Boeing's delivery for 2019 is far behind Airbus. Boeing delivered 806 aircraft for the full year of 2018, compared with 800 for Airbus.
Some analysts point out that the two giants are expected to reverse their rankings. The Boeing 737 MAX plane has suffered two consecutive crashes, which have been grounded globally since March 2019 and have repeatedly been delayed in re-flight time, and the crisis is still ongoing today. In mid-December, Boeing announced a suspension of production of the 737 MAX series from January 2020; a week later, Boeing's top ranks changed and Millenberg no longer took over as chief executive of the company, taking over by David Calhoun.