Airbus outstrips Boeing in orders but not deliveries

Over 50% market share

13 January, 19:11

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JANUARY 13 - Airbus just wrapped up a record year in terms of orders placed but has not yet managed to outdo its US rival in terms of deliveries. The year-end balance was illustrated Monday by Managing Director Fabrice Bregier in an annual press conference.

    In the 2013 business year, the European aeronautics giant racked up some 1,619 gross orders overall and 1,503 nets ones (which exclude the impact of cancelled deals to buy aircraft) - an unprecedented level in the sector - gaining a 51% market share in gross terms and a 53% one in net ones after the cancellation of orders for aircraft seating over 100. Its US rival only managed 1,531 and 1,355 orders, mostly due to difficulties in the jumbo jet sector, in which Airbus A380 got 75% of orders (50 out of 67). Airbus can thus point to an orders portfolio of 5,559 aircraft as of December 31, 2013, equal to over eight years of production. Of them, 18% are earmarked for European companies, 12% for North American ones, and 34% to companies in the Asia-Pacific region, including a Japanese one - Japan Airlines, which in October underwrote an order for 35 new mid-sized A350 aircraft with an option for 25 - for the first time. As concerns production, despite a constant increase in volumes for the second consecutive year Airbus was behind top-ranked (since 2011) Boeing: 626 deliveries, compared with 648 by the US manufacturer. (ANSAmed).

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