Boeing delivered more planes than Airbus during the first half of this year.
Here’s how Boeing’s commercial aircraft deliveries stacked up for the first half of 2013 by model type:
*Denotes Next Generation 737 Source: Boeing Co.
Boeing has delivered 306 jetliners so far, including 17 787 Dreamliners made in South Carolina and Washington state.
Boeing is playing catch-up with those deliveries because of the problems with the 787’s battery earlier this year, which grounded the plane for several months. The aerospace giant is aiming to deliver 60 of Dreamliners this year.
Airbus has delivered 295 civilian planes this year. It delivered more of its smaller A320 family of planes than the comparable Boeing jets. Airbus handed over 233 of its A320 family of planes, compared to Boeing’s deliveries of 218 of its 737s.
Chicago-based Boeing Co. and Europe-based Airbus are the main two makers of large commercial airliners. Sales of most of their planes have been speeding up, although they’ve been disappointed by slower-than-expected sales of their largest planes.
This week, Boeing South Carolina delivered its first 787 Dreamliner to a customer other than Air India.
The China Southern Airlines plane took off from Charleston International Airport around 1 p.m. Tuesday.
It has since landed at Guangzhou, China.
The jet was the 95th Dreamliner that Boeing has assembled between its factories in North Charleston and Everett, Wash. It marked the second 787 that China Southern has received of the 10 it has ordered. The airline took its first Dreamliner from the Washington plant a month ago.
The first five South Carolina-made jets went to Air India. The plant also delivered two Everett-built 787s to Air India last year.
More deliveries are expected soon. Boeing’s North Charleston flight line is packed with orders for Air India, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Qatar Airways.
An undisclosed number of partially completed 787s are in the final assembly building at Charleston International.
Boeing has said its goal is make 10 Dreamliners a month by the end of this year, with three of those coming from North Charleston.