Enjoys Continued Success Against Rival Airbus
Forty-seven more orders
for Boeing jets posted on the company's website Thursday, according
to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Total orders for the year stand at 632 for Boeing -- that
includes six cancellations. Airbus reported 222 as of the end of
Last year Airbus bested Boeing by 53 in the orders race. With
only three months left this year, it appears unlikely Airbus will
make up a 400 order deficit to come from behind.
Despite lagging the order race, Airbus will retain its title of
the "world's biggest airplane maker" until 2008. That's when Boeing
plans the first deliveries on orders for the 787 Dreamliner,
currently under development.
Boeing said of the 47 new orders, 16 are for its new 787, with
the rest 737 series aircraft. That makes 102 total 787 orders for
the year and 477 for the 737.
The 737 series remains Boeing's best-selling airframe. Boeing
declined to identify the customers making Thursday's orders, at
As recently as 2005, Airbus' single-aisle A320 outsold Boeing's
737 nearly 2 to 1. It's not clear why the turnaround this year,
unless customers are jittery from all the shakeups at Airbus'
parent company EADS and the recent firings of Airbus senior
management -- these a result of delays in the A380 program.
Airbus is not entirely dead yet, it did get an order for 35
short-haul planes from Lufthansa earlier this week. But, Lufthansa
has made it clear its looking at all options for its future
long-haul requirements, including Boeing's 787 and 747-8.
Airbus' trials and tribulations appear to be far from over with
a recent announcement of another delay in the A380 program. Boeing
seems willing to take any advantage they can while Airbus
They are probably more aware than anyone how fast things can
change a cyclical business like airplane making.