Airbus beats Boeing with 574 orders in 2010

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Europe's Airbus held onto its place as the world's biggest planemaker in 2010, the firm said Monday, announcing it had beaten UN rival Boeing by delivering 510 planes and winning 574 orders.

"2010 was a good year, in fact better than expected twelve months ago. The market rebound and improved programme performance has been particularly encouraging," said Tom Enders, Airbus chairman and chief executive.

The company said its aircraft production set a new company record for the ninth year in a row, and said that the value of its new orders exceeded $84 billion (63 billion euros) at list prices.

Boeing, Airbus' sole true rival in the global airliner market, won 530 orders and delivered 462 planes last year.

© 2011 AFP

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