70% Total 757
45% Total 767
43% Total 737
25% Total 777
21% Total 787
20% Total 747
40% Six models
One of the way to look at Boeing deliveries is to see how many of the 15,444 Boeing deliveries of these 6 models went to the domestic USA market. I mean passenger jets, VIP jets, freight planes, military planes, and planes delivered to leasing companies based in the USA (who may lease the plane to an international airlines).
While it is true that some planes are resold to international carriers, the delivery percentage gives you a fairly good idea where the planes spent their life.
The striking thing is that the B757 was overwhelmingly kept as a domestic plane. Deliveries were from 1982 to 2005 and peaked at 99 deliveries in 1992. The overwhelmingly popular variant was the B757-200 version which accounted for 913 of total of 1049 deliveries. It was valued for it's 3850 -3915 nmi maximum range. All three airlines (AA, UA, DL) still have 254 active models with an average age of 19.5 years.
The decision of Boeing to not directly build a replacement for this plane, and the announcement in 2015 by Airbus to build a long range variant of the A321neo that can fly 4000 nmi is hotly debated. Airbus hopes to sell 1000 of these long range versions, about half of which can replace the B757s.
The other point of the table is to show that the B747, perhaps the most iconic plane in modern history, was actually not particularly popular with USA airlines. The initial round of orders for the first variant, starting in 1966 was predominately USA carriers (led by Pan Am), but the percentage would actually drop from 20% to 15% if we ignore the first variant.
In fact, the 747-400 variant which was sold starting in 1980 was by far the most popular version, selling massive numbers in Europe and Asia. It's success was what pushed Airbus into the A380 program. Only 60 of these planes were ordered by Northwest and United airlines. The last 20 are being retired this year. United will retire their 13 planes from active duty by the end of October, but one will be brought back for a big party and a flight from SFO to HNL on November 7th. Delta (who inherited them from Northwest) has not put a firm date on the retirement of the final 7 planes, but they have indicated that it will be before the New Year.
Given the waning interest over the last few decades in the B747 in the USA, coupled with the 9-11 shock and the crash of 2007, it is not surprising that no USA airline was interested in the A380.
The real shocker was that Japan arline (JAL) who bought 108 B747s didn't show an interest in the A380. Airbus was also hoping to sell a lot of planes to China, Hong Kong, and Tawain.
As of August 2017
Final count of A380 deliveries by region
53.3% 114 Middle East
15.4% 33 Asia
14.5% 31 Singapore & Australia
16.8% 36 Europe
Final count of B747 deliveries by region
35.7% 547 Asia
25.4% 389 Europe
20.4% 313 USA
10.4% 159 Singapore, Australia & NZ
4.0% 62 Middle East (incl. Israel)
1.9% 29 Africa
1.4% 21 Canada
0.8% 13 Latin America
Last edited by: pacomartin on Sep 25, 2017