In a recent, unrelated article, Airwise.com described Boeing as "the world's second largest aircraft manufacturer..."
I was wondering by what basis that distinction is determined? Is it the value of a/c DELIVERED in the previous calendar year, or is it some combination of that along with:
1) stock price?
2) value of assets?
3) number of work force?
4) total number of a/c on order?
5) Total value of a/c on order?
6) number of a/c ordered in the last calendar year?
By the way, since most of us regular folk are not privy to the ACTUAL price paid for an airliner, how is it determined who has higher sales in given year based on "value," especially when the numbers are as close as they are at the moment?
I can certainly see how Airbus beat Boeing for perhaps the first half of this decade. However, since Boeing reportedly led Airbus in terms of the value of their orders in 2005, and at least until Airbus gets 380s and 350s rolling out the door, which seems severval years out, I wonder if Boeing will regain the distinction of largest manufacturer in the near future?
In other words, even though Boeing had a higher value in orders last year, will it take several years of ramping up their production and an EIS for the 787 for it to translate into regaining their "largest manufacturer title" for a while?
Of course, maybe Airbus will sell another 200 320s this week which will make my entire post MUTE...