Updated March 4th- 11:44 AM
While not necessarily off to a blistering start to 2011, Boeing’s orders book is in the black so far this year, something which Airbus can’t say just yet.
According to Boeing’s orders book on its website, the American plane maker received 10 orders for its wide-body 777 this week along with two cancelations for its smaller 737 plane. Two of those 777’s were announced earlier in the week and will be delivered to Brazilian airline TAM. The other eight 777 orders were from an undisclosed customer.
So far on the year Boeing has 17 net orders (55 gross with 38 cancelations) while its European counterpart Airbus has negative three net orders after DAE Capital announced earlier that it was canceling 30 orders between the A350-900 and A320 that it had placed in 2007.
Orders are not as closely watched as deliveries as they are only tentative and can be cancelled fairly easily but they do offer a rough estimate of how well a particular plane maker will be doing a few years down the road when most of the orders finally come to fruition.
Updstae: Boeing also lost four 787 orders from Middle Eastern Carrier Etihad, leaving the airline with 31 787s still on order.