Airbus beats Boeing in 2017 order race after which logs huge December numbers

Visitors look at designs of an Airbus A380 as well as an Airbus A350 plane at the Beijing International Aviation Expo in Beijing on September 19, 2017.

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Visitors look at designs of an Airbus A380 as well as an Airbus A350 plane at the Beijing International Aviation Expo in Beijing on September 19, 2017.

A spree of selling within the final weeks of 2017 has helped Airbus surge past Boeing to win the annual commercial jet orders race.

The European planemaker said after cancellations were taken into account, 1,109 aircraft were placed. Boeing meanwhile booked 912 net orders across the year.

Speaking via webcast Monday, outgoing Airbus sales chief John Leahy said in both narrowbody as well as widebody aircraft, Airbus had won the sales race in seven out of the last 10 years.

“We are well positioned in widebody as well as we are stunningly positioned within the single-aisle markets,” he said.

Airbus overhauled Boeing In December when which confirmed a mammoth $49.5 billion order to supply 430 aircraft to U.S. private equity fund Indigo Partners.

718 Airbus aircraft were physically delivered to customers in 2017, the 15th year in a row which delivery numbers have increased.

Boeing remained the planet’s largest jet maker after which delivered a record 763 airplanes.

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