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Airbus Takes the Lead Over Rival, Reports More New Orders Than Boeing

After winning a large order in South America, Airbus was lifted past Boeing in the heated race to capture new business.

In what at times seems like a neck-and-neck race, Airbus has blown past its U.S. rival, reporting much stronger order numbers in the first four months of 2015. After factoring in cancellations, Airbus is laying claim to 209 confirmed orders for new aircraft so far this year, while Boeing is reporting net orders for just 128 new planes during the this same period.

Reuters reports that the confirmation of the multi-billion dollar order for 100 Airbus planes by the Columbian Airline Avianca and fewer cancellations helped the European manufacturer to blow past Boeing in the key benchmark of confirmed orders.

Airbus is extolling the inking of its Avianca deal as “the largest single order ever made in Latin America’s aviation history.” Airbus CEO John Leahy credits the win to the popularity of the company’s A320 model, “The A320neo brings Avianca the highest efficiency at the lowest cost, making it ideally suited to operate within their network and especially within the region’s challenging airports.”

All eyes on the race for supremacy among the world’s two dominant aircraft manufacturers are now focused on the Paris Air Show which will take place June. The air show, billed as the oldest and largest in the world, has traditionally been used by both Airbus and Boeing as the venue to make a splash by announcing large aircraft orders to the public and revealing closely guarded plans for new designs and products, while giving elite customers a first sneak peak at new planes.

The news is not all bad for Boeing. The U.S. aircraft maker is on pace to deliver more new planes in 2015 than its European rival. Boeing has delivered a total of 250 new planes to customers this year, while its competitor has managed to deliver just 196 new aircraft so far.

[Photo: Airbus]

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relangford May 11, 2015

Why wouldn't airlines buy Airbus, what with the government subsidies from the European "owners" (i.e., the countries)? It makes sense to buy the cheapest when taxpayers in Europe are keeping the sale prices low. Heck, Airbus could give their planes away for free as long as the European taxpayers are being squeezed. Yes, Boeing sells to the military and NASA, but not within the commercial aircraft division where moneys are kept separate.