Wed, Dec 10, 2008
Call It: Airbus Will Regain Sales Title After 2007
Unlike in years past, there apparently will not be any
nail-biting finale to the 2008 commercial aircraft sales race
between Boeing and Airbus... as the European planemaker has a
commanding lead over its American rival.
Airbus announced Monday it delivered 46 planes, and booked firm
orders for 84 more during November. That brings its year-to-date
totals to 437 deliveries and 878 firm orders through November.
Adjusted for 122 cancellations -- about half of which involved
bankrupt Skybus Airlines -- Airbus now sits at 756 net orders
year-to-date, versus 640 for Boeing.
The Wall Street Journal reports Airbus, based in Toulouse,
France, counted one more doubledecker A380 super jumbo among its
November deliveries, along with six wide-body A330s and 39
single-aisle A320 family planes. The company's official guidance is
still calling for delivery of roughly 470 planes this year.
New Airbus orders announced in November included one from Etihad
Airways in Abu Dhabi for 20 A320s, six A380s and 25 A350-1000s
still under development.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders says he expects his company to finish 2008
with at least 850 new orders. That would require signing at least
94 firm orders and receiving no more cancellations during
Earlier this year, Boeing claimed 1,413 net orders for 2007,
surpassing Airbus' sales total of 1,341 orders to recapture the
overall sales crown.
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