Thu, Jul 10, 2008
Claims 487 Net Orders Through June
As both planemakers count down the days to the start of the
Farnborough International Airshow next week, European manufacturer
Airbus will go into the show with a slim lead over its American
rival in net orders to date for 2008.
As of June 30, Airbus claimed 487 net orders so far for 2008,
reports The Chicago Tribune. That bests Boeing's total by 12
So far, the European planemaker has also held onto the title of
world's largest planemaker -- determined by the number of
deliveries -- but only by even slimmer margins. Airbus says it
delivered 245 aircraft through June,
just four more than Boeing reported last
Both Boeing and Airbus expect this year's order totals to fall
far short of their record 2007 total of a combined 2,754 orders.
Airbus expects the 2008 total to be about half that.
While so far both planemakers are tracking slightly better than
that guess-timate, demand for large airliners has certainly
dwindled in the face of high fuel prices and a slumping global
economy, driven by the rapid devaluation of the US dollar.
However, the Farnborough show -- which kicks off July 14 -- is
traditionally a strong show for new aircraft orders, with several
new announcements... and we may all be surprised yet again. Stay
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