Airbus surges past Boeing in orders, lags in deliveries

Thu May 7, 2015 12:06pm EDT
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By Tim Hepher and Matt Smith

PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) - Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote) has moved ahead of U.S. rival Boeing (BA.N: Quote) in their race for aircraft orders thanks to a large Latin American win, setting the tone for what could be a fiercely competitive Paris Airshow next month.

The European planemaker won orders for 229 aircraft between January and April. After cancellations, net orders totaled 209, it said on Thursday.

The surge came after Colombia's Avianca confirmed an order for 100 Airbus jets in a $10 billion deal.

Also on Thursday, Boeing said it had won 153 orders this year, up to May 5, or 128 after adjusting for cancellations.

Boeing remained ahead on deliveries after handing 250 planes to customers in the first four months of 2015, compared with Airbus's total of 196.

Airbus deliveries of 7 A380 superjumbos so far this year included the 159th delivery since the double-decker entered service in 2007.

Last month's handover to Etihad Airways, coinciding with the tenth anniversary since the world's largest airliner first took flight, took A380 deliveries beyond the half-way point compared with the total of the twin-deck planes it has sold.

Airbus is studying whether to revamp the A380 to boost sales and says it is confident of replenishing the order pipeline even before that decision.   Continued...

People are silhouetted past a logo of the Airbus Group during the Airbus annual news conference in Colomiers, near Toulouse January 13, 2015.   REUTERS/Regis Duvignau