Airbus still dominates the skies, at least in 2005

8th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer, delivered 337 commercial planes in the first 11 months of the year, against a full-year objective of 370 planes, according to figures obtained by AFP.

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer, delivered 337 commercial planes in the first 11 months of the year, against a full-year objective of 370 planes, according to figures obtained by AFP.

Airbus is poised to remain the world's leading commercial aircraft maker this year, a title it has held since wresting it from US archrival Boeing in 2000.

Boeing had delivered 268 planes by the end of November this year, against a 2005 target of 290.

Airbus received a total of 687 firm orders placed for planes in the first 11 months, according to its website.

Boeing has 800 firm orders for the same period and is expected to retake the number one position in this ranking for the first time since 2000.

Airbus, based in Toulouse, France, is a subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company. It is owned 80 percent by EADS and 20 percent by British company BAE Systems.

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