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Boeing and Airbus this week announced their final tallies for their 2021 industrial output. The combined 951 deliveries were 32% higher than 2020, but still 41% lower than the 2018 peak when the pair handed over 1,606 aircraft.

The first full year of the pandemic, 2021, offered a significant rebound for Boeing and Airbus, testing the resilience of the global airline industry, its two principal aircraft manufacturers and the supply chain that feeds their factories. 

The Air Current dissected the 611 Airbus and 340 Boeing deliveries in 2021 with this new interactive visualization resource available to our subscribers. With each click of the pie, you can drill down further, exploring aircraft families, variants and operators.

There are limitations in the data, sourced from Boeing and Airbus. For example, for deliveries, Boeing lists the aircraft buyer, which in many cases is a lessor, not the final end user of the aircraft. Boeing also doesn’t break out its 737 Max deliveries by variant and those have been added with reporting by TAC.

In the coming days, we’ll be refining our dataset with additional reporting to even more deeply illustrate the customers — both civil and defense — that Boeing and Airbus relied upon on to keep their assembly lines thriving in 2021 as the aviation business continues its slog through the pandemic.

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Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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