These Airlines Are Airbus’ Biggest Customers

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Airbus has been producing commercial passenger aircraft since 1970 for customers all around the world. The European planemaker has been engaged in an intense rivalry with American company Boeing trying to secure the most significant orders. But which airlines have been Airbus’ best customers and shown loyalty throughout the last few decades? Let us find out.

Who are Airbus’ best customers? Photo: Airbus

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Without further ado, here is the list of the airlines that have ordered the most aircraft from Airbus as of April 2020. This list is ranked by aircraft number, not by finacial amount.

AirlineHistoric OrdersHistoric DeliveriesOperating
IndiGo830217239
AirAsia Malaysia592230245
Lufthansa519396278
easyJet480366337
Delta Air Lines401168313
Wizz Air388120121
China Eastern Airlines374361389
Jetblue Airways348202202
China Southern Airlines284270340
Turkish Airlines273173178

All of the orders above are cumulative and include what the carriers have already had delivered.

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Deliveries are aircraft ordered and delivered to the airline, and operating is currently how many Airbus aircraft are in the fleet as of April 2020. Let’s break down the leaders on this list and see what carriers have ordered.

IndiGo

IndiGo A320 order
IndiGo loves the A320 and is a favorite of Airbus. Photo: Airbus

At the top of the list is the Indian giant IndiGo. The carrier has made a colossal 830 orders with Airbus and heavily uses the A320 family aircraft throughout the Indian sub-continent. Its orders are below. If you are wondering where the A321XLR is, Airbus includes that (and the A321LR) as a variant of the A321neo.

AircraftNumber of Historical Orders
A320ceo100
A320neo332
A321neo398
Total830

AirAsia Malaysia

airasia-x-california-flights
AirAsia has almost the same big order as IndiGo. Photo: AirAsia.

The most awarded low-cost-carrier in the world has a stellar fleet of Airbus aircraft. Its network reaches throughout South East Asia and brings affordable travel to the region. Here is its fleet breakdown:

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AircraftNumber of Historical Orders
A320ceo188
A320neo51
A321neo353
Total592

AirAsia also has several subsidiaries, such as Thai AirAsia and AirAsia X (long haul to Australia), not included on this list. But if we did include the extra orders from AirAsia X, the total would be 730. That’s a lot, but is still shy of the IndiGo order.

Lufthansa

Lufthansa, Airbus A380, Munich
Lufthansa is the first carrier on this list to have ordered the A380. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

In third place is Lufthansa, who is on Airbus home ground in nearby Germany. Unlike the first two in this list, Lufthansa has a mixed fleet of several different Airbus aircraft, both short-haul and long-haul.

AircraftNumber of Historical Orders
A319ceo30
A320ceo123
A320neo84
A321ceo64
A321neo40
A30023
A31020
A330-30019
A340-200/30035
A340-500/60024
A350-90043
A38014
Total519

easyJet

Easyjet Airbus A320neo
easyJet made life easy for Airbus with large orders over the years. Photo: Airbus

Lufthansa’s rival easyJet has a big fleet of aircraft, but only consisting of a single Airbus family, the A320.

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Aircraft Number of Historical Orders
A319ceo172
A320ceo149
A320neo129
A321neo30
Total480

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines A220
Delta loves the A220 and has invested heavily in the type. Photo: Delta

The first US carrier on this list, Delta, has a big fleet of Airbus aircraft that it has slowly ordered over the years. This order history includes the new A220 (both versions) as well as the A350.

Aircraft Number of Historical Orders
A220-10045
A220-30050
A321ceo127
A321neo100
A3109
A330-30010
A330-90035
A350-90025
Total401

Wizz Air Hungary

Wizz Air, Abu Dhabi, Middle East
Wizz Air is using its fleet to expand outside of Europe towards the Middle East. Photo: Wizz Air

Wizz Air, a rival to Boeing’s Starchild Ryanair and easyJet above, has its extensive history of orders with Airbus. It is a fan of the versatile Airbus A320 range of aircraft.

Aircraft Number of Historical Orders
A320ceo72
A320neo65
A321ceo40
A321neo211
Total388

Not included in the above list is the Indigo Partners A321XLR orders, 20 of which will go to Wizz Air.

China Eastern

A China Eastern Airways A300
China Eastern ordered the A300 many years ago. Photo: byeangel via Wikipedia

The first Chinese airline on this list used Airbus aircraft to become a powerhouse in Asia. This carrier has been with Airbus since the beginning and has orders from the A300 to the A350.

AircraftNumber of Historical Orders
A319ceo33
A320ceo124
A320neo37
A321ceo72
A3007
A3105
A330-20033
A330-30033
A340-200/3005
A340-500/6005
A350-90020
Total374

JetBlue

JetBlue, New York, Guatemala City
JetBlue has used Airbus aircraft to reach 25 countries, and will soon be flying to Europe. Photo: Airbus

JetBlue has effectively used the Airbus A320 series to carve out a new market for itself in the US against bigger rivals like United and American Airlines. The carrier is also the second US airline on this list to order the Airbus A220, proving that this aircraft variant will do well in the region.

AircraftNumber of Historical Orders
A220-30070
A320ceo132
A321ceo61
A321neo85
Total348

China Southern

China Southern A380
China Southern has a fleet made up of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Photo: Getty Images

China Southern is likewise a big customer of Airbus and has bought a considerable range of different aircraft.

AircraftNumber of Historical Orders
A319ceo14
A320ceo100
A320neo8
A321ceo77
A321neo10
A330-20016
A330-30034
A350-90020
A3805
Total284

China Southern is one of only two airlines on this list to have ordered the Airbus A380.

Turkish Airlines

Turkish A330 to Newark
Turkish Airlines uses Airbus aircraft for its narrow long-haul routes. Photo: Turkish Airlines

Just barely scraping into the top ten is Turkish Airlines, with its range of Airbus orders over the many years it has been operating. With orders like the A310 and the A340, Turkish Airlines has a long history working with Airbus.

AircraftNumber of Historical Orders
A319ceo6
A320ceo19
A321ceo65
A321neo92
A31014
A330-2006
A330-200F9
A330-30030
A340-200/3007
A350-90025
Total273

Other big customers

The list at the start of the article is not the most accurate because it has left out two critical customers.

The first is leasing companies. It didn’t seem fair to include them in the list (as they don’t operate any aircraft) and compare them to airlines. But if we add them back into the record, this is what we get:

AirlineHistoric OrdersHistoric DeliveriesOperating
IndiGo830217239
GECAS633458
ILFC600600
AirAsia592230245
Lufthansa519396278
EasyJet480366337
Delta Air Lines401168313
AERCAP B.V.397215
BOC AVIATION390313
AIR LEASE CORPORATION388149
Wizz Air388120121
China Eastern374361389
Jetblue348202202
China Southern284270340
SMBC AVIATION CAPITAL277117
Turkish Airlines273173178

The other group that we haven’t added is actually ‘unknown’ orders. These are orders for airlines that, for some reason or another, are still hidden or not yet ultimately confirmed. Sometimes the orders are for airlines that ordered the aircraft then went bankrupt. One theory is that as the carrier didn’t formally dissolve the order, thus Airbus can keep it on the books to make the order book look more impressive for shareholders.

If added to the list, it would be the fifth-largest Airbus ‘order’.

AirlineOrdersDeliveriesOperating
UNDISCLOSED578389

What do you think? Which order is the most impressive? Let us know in the comments.

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