Airbus trails Boeing with 791 aircraft orders in nine months

6th October 2014, Comments 0 comments

European aerospace giant Airbus Group said on Monday it has taken 791 net orders for aircraft in the first nine months of the year, putting it clearly behind its main rival US firm Boeing.

The US group has reported booking 1,000 net orders.

Airbus also delivered fewer aircraft, with a total of 443 to 528 for Boeing.

Airbus said that a notable development in September was the conversion of a draft purchase of eight long-haul A330-200 airliners by British IAG airline group into firm orders.

The aircraft are destined for IAG's subsidiary, Iberia of Spain.

In the segment of medium-range airliners, Airbus said that options for 27 standard Airbus A320 aircraft had been turned into firm orders by low-cost operator easyJet.

Most of the orders booked by Airbus so far this year are for the fuel-efficient medium-range aircraft, the A320neo which accounts for 512 orders, followed by 146 orders for A321neo, which is the biggest aircraft in the group's range of single-aisle planes.

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