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Airbus Wins 1,038 Net Orders in 2011 on Rising Air Travel

October 06, 2011

(Adds Boeing deliveries starting in sixth paragraph.)

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Airbus SAS said it won 1,038 aircraft orders so far this year, outselling Boeing Co. and edging within reach of a record annual intake following introduction of the A320neo single-aisle plane.

The gross intake was 1,179 new purchase contracts, with 141 cancellations in the first nine months of the year, Toulouse, France-based Airbus said today in a statement. That includes 918 neos, a version of Airbus’s single-aisle plane with more fuel- efficient engines. Airbus today won an order for 110 A320s from Qantas Airways Ltd., to be included in the October tally.

Airbus’s record tally for net new orders was in 2007, with contracts for 1,341. The Qantas order booked today plus the prospect of additional orders at the Dubai Air Show in November put Airbus within reach of topping the record.

Boeing won 531 gross orders, or 426 after subtracting canceled contracts, according to a listing today on the Chicago- based planemaker’s website. Cancellations, generally for planes ordered some years ago, are counted against the current year tally. Net orders are up from 392 a year earlier.

Double-Decker Deliveries

For deliveries, Airbus this year has handed over 374 planes, including 296 single aisle planes, 62 widebodies, and 16 A380s. Airbus, a unit of European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co., is aiming to deliver about 530 planes this year, including about 25 double-decker A380s. The next A380 delivery is to China Southern Airlines Co., set for next week.

Airbus’s tally so far is again more than Boeing, which it has beat in deliveries every year since 2003. Boeing had handed over 349 aircraft through September, according to a statement today, and forecasts deliveries of 485 to 495 planes in 2011. In the third quarter, deliveries rose to 127 from 124 a year earlier. Planemakers get about 40 percent of their payments from customers upon delivery.

While Airbus has booked 918 firm orders from 14 customers for its A320neo since putting the plane on offer last December, Boeing hasn’t yet won any firm contracts for its 737 MAX. The company has said it has 496 preliminary commitments from five customers.

Boeing in August announced its intention to build the plane and has been working to complete its configuration.

“We continue to work a number of details,” a Boeing spokesman, Marc Birtel, said yesterday. “These commitments will book once those details are finalized, but we are not able to speculate on when that will be.”

--Editors: Romaine Bostick, Niamh Ring

To contact the reporters on this story: Andrea Rothman in Paris at aerothman@bloomberg.net; Susanna Ray in Seattle at sray7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net; Ed Dufner at edufner@bloomberg.net


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