Airbus announced today at its annual press conference that it received 574 net orders for 2010, surpassing its rival Boeing in the final days of the year to take the top spot for both orders received and aircraft delivered in 2010.
There had been rumblings all week that the European plane maker had in fact surpassed its American counterpart and Airbus SAS CEO Tom Enders confirmed that today when the company released its 2010 figures.
According to an article in today’s New York Times, The last minute victory for Airbus came in the waning days of 2010 when Virgin America placed an order for 60 A320s, including 30 of the new fuel efficient A320neo. That order, with a list price of $5.1 billion, also helped Airbus pass the 10,000 order milestone.
As 2010 came to a close, analysts were predicting that Airbus would beat Boeing in deliveries but few expected the world’s largest commercial airplane maker to take in more orders on the year as well. The victory is another blow to Boeing who lost its title as world’s top plane manufacturer in 2003 and has not received more orders than Airbus in three years.
The news today caps an impressive start to 2011 for Airbus. Last week, the company announced that it had received the largest commercial jet order in history when Indian based airline IndiGo placed an order for 180 A320s.
2011 looks promising for the two companies as the market improves and air travel increases but both are struggling with production delays as Boeing tries to get its highly anticipated 787 certified and Airbus attempts to increase production of its super-jumbo A380 which has been rolling off the assembly line at a sluggish pace since its introduction in 2007.