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Boeing leading as airline orders race nears the finish

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Dec. 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm with No Comments »
December 26, 2012 4:24 pm

Boeing seems sure to beat its European rival Airbus in the airline order race this year with less than a week to go before the year’s end.

As of last week, Boeing reported a net of 1115 airliner orders compared with 646 for Airbus through the end of November.

Airbus is likely to close that gap. It’s notorious for pulling orders out at the end of the year.

Boeing’s orders were lead by the popular 737 single-aisle jet with 1,047 orders.

The 777, a long-range twin-engine plane carrying more than 300 passengers was second with 62 orders. A 30-year-old design, the 767, was third with 22 orders while the big 747-8 had only a single order in 2012 thus far. The composite-bodied 787 Dreamliner lost 17 orders net this year. That plane’s deliveries are more than three years behind schedule.

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