Toulouse - After having delivered 87 aircraft last month (excluding A220s, the former CSeries of Bombardier), the European aircraft manufacturer needs to deliver 121 aircraft more in December to meet its revised delivery target of 782 aircraft for the year 2018.

Due to late engine deliveries from suppliers, some internal problems on one of the final assembly lines at Hamburg plant, and the doubts about the actual take-over of some aircraft by customers, the European manufacturer has been forced to lower its annual delivery target to 782 aircraft from initially targeted 800.

After having delivered 87 airliners in November, the goal of 782 aircraft is still achievable. Airbus has so far delivered 661 aircraft to its customers since the beginning of the year.

Now the manufacturer must deliver 121 aircraft to reach its revised delivery target. It obviously depends on the engine shipments from suppliers and uncertainties about A330 deliveries to Hainan Airlines due to the financial bottleneck of the parent HNA Group.

The US rival Boeing targets between 810 and 815 deliveries by the end of the year.

In terms of aircraft orders, Boeing is far ahead of Airbus. The American manufacturer has received 642 firm orders as of the end of October. Boeing didn't declare the November orders yet. On the other hand, Airbus has received only 380 firm orders since the beginning of the year including the month of November.

Having still a large number of order commitments signed at the Farnborough Air Show in July that has not been turned into firm orders yet, the European manufacturer still has a small chance, at least on paper, to catch its American rival.

The Irish lessor Avolon has placed an order for 100 A320neo family aircraft last week on Friday.