Airbus lags Boeing but faces tense end to order race
By Tim Hepher
PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote) sold 248 jets in November, but remained behind Boeing (BA.N: Quote) as both planemakers accelerated towards what could be a tight finish to their annual order race.
November's Airbus sales included a total of 120 A320-family aircraft to three unidentified customers.
However CIT Leasing (CIT.N: Quote) canceled an order for one of 15 new-generation A350-900 wide-body jets it had bought, as it finalized an order for 15 upgraded versions of the older A330.
In total, Airbus won 1,328 total orders between January and November, company data showed on Friday. After adjusting for cancellations, it had 1,031 net orders. It delivered 554 jets.
Boeing delivered 647 aircraft in the first 11 months.
The two planemakers are heading towards a stronger than expected order intake for 2014, as airlines seek the fuel savings offered by efficient models despite lower oil prices.
Airbus, which is already above its net order target for 2014, has a further 500 provisional orders announced but not yet finalised. Some of these typically get booked in December. Continued...