Airbus out sells Boeing in 2010

by William ASTON on January 18, 2011

Thanks to a late rush of orders European jet maker Airbus recorded higher sales than its American-counterpart Boeing during 2010.

Airbus said that it received 644 orders during last year, for a total of $84bn at full list price. Two hundred of those were placed in December. The late rush orders were enough to move Boeing out of the running for first place with its 625 plane orders.

The news arrives as Virgin American revealed that it would order 60 new A320s, half of which are going to be styled in the brand new eco-friendly format “Neo”.

Airbus sales executive John Leahy said that aviation has continued to become a growing market because of emerging low-cost carriers and further travel to Asia.

Earlier in the month, European budget carrier EasyJet also placed an order with the aircraft-maker for 15 new A320 planes. After taking into account cancellations on existing orders, Airbus still beat out Boeing with 574 new net orders and a 52 per cent market share for 2010.

Despite Airbus surpassing Boeing in order numbers, both managed to double their sales from 2009. Mr Leahy said that figures for the aircraft industry are a good indication that the economy is improving.

He added that the only negative on the horizon is the rising cost of petrol. Airbus saw its eight consecutive year of leading over Boeing in the amount of finished planes delivered. The company delivered 510 planes, up 12 per cent from 2009.

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