Airbus flies past Boeing in aircraft orders

Baku, January 16, AZERTAC

European manufacturer clocked up 1,036 sales in 2015, with order book now worth $1tn – enough to secure production for 10 years, according to the Guardian.

Airbus has claimed to have edged ahead in its battle with rival Boeing last year as it won orders for more than 1,000 new planes, although Boeing made and delivered more aircraft.

The aircraft manufacturer said it now had 57% of the market overall by units ordered, with the 1,036 orders in 2015 making its cumulative order book total more than $1tn (£693bn), securing production for a decade to come.

Airbus said its improved, fuel-efficient A320neo family of planes was securing it a dominant position in the single-aisle market for smaller short-haul aircraft. The first such plane will be delivered this month, but 861 are on order, comfortably outselling Boeing’s competitor, the 737 MAX.

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However, its US rival is selling more widebody planes – and delivering more aircraft overall. Boeing delivered 762 planes in 2015 for revenues of $ compared with Airbus’s 635 aircraft, earning $91.6bn.

The delivery figure of 635 planes last year was a record high for Airbus, with 491 A320 family, 103 A330s and 14 A350s making up the rest of the total.

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