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Airbus edges Boeing in 2014 orders


Original Post By: DAVID KAMINSKI-MORROW
TOULOUSE
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Airbus took net orders for 1,456 aircraft during 2014, narrowly exceeding Boeing’s end-of-year total of 1,432.
It also achieved a record 629 deliveries, three more than it managed in the previous year, including handing over its first A350-900 to Qatar Airways.


The remaining deliveries comprised 30 A380s as well as 108 A330s, plus 490 single-aisle types.
Its order total for the year included 135 long-haul jets – among them the first A330neos – as well as 1,321 aircraft in the A320 and A320neo families.
The figure means Airbus, which had only 61 long-haul orders at the end of November, more than doubled the total in the last month of the year.
These agreements helped take Airbus’s backlog at the end of December to 6,386 aircraft, which the company values at more than $919 billion at catalogue prices.
Airbus disclosed the figures during a briefing in Toulouse. Boeing last year delivered 723 aircraft.

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