Airbus outshines Boeing in 2005 deliveries

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PARIS, April 6 (AFP) - European aircraft maker Airbus delivered 87 aircraft in the first quarter this year and received about 123 firm orders, thanks in particular to orders from Asia, an Airbus spokeswoman told AFP Wednesday.

PARIS, April 6 (AFP) - European aircraft maker Airbus delivered 87 aircraft in the first quarter this year and received about 123 firm orders, thanks in particular to orders from Asia, an Airbus spokeswoman told AFP Wednesday.

In the first three months of 2004, Airbus delivered 67 planes.

In early January, the company had announced a 2005 target of 350-360 deliveries and 300-350 commercial plane orders.

Last year the EADS-controlled company delivered 320 planes and had 370 firm orders.

Its US rival, aeronautic and defence giant Boeing, announced Tuesday it had delivered 70 commercial aircraft in the first three months of 2005.

Boeing has targeted 320 deliveries of commercial aircraft this year, after making 285 deliveries in 2004.

Airbus is 80 percent owned by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company and 20 percent by BAE Systems of Britain.

© AFP

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