Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Airbus wins sales race with Boeing for 5th straight year

Airbus wins sales race with Boeing for 5th straight year

While Airbus may have won the new orders race a year ago, Boeing manufactured and delivered more aircraft than the French plane maker.

"The challenge will be to maintain at least this level in the years to come" before customers start placing replacement orders for the A380s they now have in service, and "potential new markets" start opening up, he said.

"Every 15 years, air traffic doubles", he said.

Airbus delivered 718 jets in 2017, compared with 763 delivered by Boeing.

"The market is just stronger everywhere", Airbus sales chief John Leahy told reporters. Boeing released its 2017 deliveries and orders figures last week.

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Airbus is facing multiple corruption investigations, notably in Britain, France and Austria.

Planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier said engine supplier Pratt & Whitney had turned the corner on delays that had disrupted single-aisle aircraft output, and predicted close to 800 deliveries in 2018.

The battle between Airbus and Boeing is as fierce as ever.

"The record-setting performance is a testament to our employees and supplier partners who continue to innovate new ways to design, build and deliver the most fuel-efficient airplanes to customers around the world", said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister.

Some in the industry have been left wondering how far Airbus was forced to cut prices to grab deals such as the 430 jets sold to four budget carriers via US investor Indigo Partners.

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However, Mr Leahy added that he is still hopeful that a deal with Emirates could be worked out.

In November Emirates postponed an order for 38 of the planes which can carry up to 853 people, making them the largest airliners in the world.

Emirates is by far the A380's largest customer having taken on more than 100 of its total orders for 142 superjumbos.

Reuters reported in December that Airbus had drawn up plans to phase out A380 production if those talks collapsed, without waiting for other potential buyers. Whether it means we soon conclude an agreement with Emirates?

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