Boeing outstrips Airbus in orders this year

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US aircraft manufacturer Boeing outstripped European rival Airbus in the race for orders in the first five months of the year, figures from the companies showed Thursday.

From January to May, Airbus received 81 orders and eight cancellations, leaving a net total of 73.

Boeing in the same period received 139 orders and 28 cancellations for a net total of 111.

Airbus delivered 206 planes to customers from January to May while Boeing's deliveries came to 146 by the end of April.

Airbus is this year aiming to win 250 to 300 net orders and to deliver 480 to 500 planes.

© 2010 AFP

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