A320 Market Share
Boeing has shipped 1,500 737s in just 6 years, for a total of 5,415 ordered sice the 1960's, compared to 3,117 Airbus A320s ordered since inception around 15 years ago, making the A320 faster selling on the average (195 aircraft per annum versus 144 aircraft per annum for the 737) and recent trend of budget airlines like easyJet, jetBlue, other low cost carriers and fleet renewals favour the A320 family, thus stagnating the 737 further fleet growth.
However, these sales figures include the Airbus A321, which is intended to compete with another Boeing product, the 757, and the Airbus A318, which is intended to compete with the 717 which by the way, for fleet commonality purposes may be swapped with 737-600.
According to the Boeing website, the Next-Generation Boeing 737 (-600 to -900) noting that -900 is a perfect replacement for the 757-200, was the fastest plane to reach 1500 orders in 6 years, compared to 13 for the Airbus A320, and 16 for the Boeing 727. Recent figures showed that the A320 family outsold the Next-Generation Boeing 737 for the past few years despite the latter's strong initial sales. However, the 737NG deliveries in the first quarter of 2004 were 55 airframes, while Airbus delivered 46 of the A320 family during the same time period.
List of A320 family pictures