Three quarters through the year and the debate over which plane manufacturer will land more orders and deliver more planes this year already seems to be over. According to Businessweek, Airbus has landed 1,038 net orders to Boeing’s 426.
Much of the separation between the two companies is due to the fact that Airbus acted quickly in announcing a next generation narrow body plane, the A320 neo while Boeing went back and forth over whether to re-engine the 737 or build a new plane altogether. Both companies decided to re-engine but Boeing’s decision came nearly a year later. For Airbus, this has meant a huge boost in orders for the year, potentially setting it up to top its previous best orders total.
Airbus has won 1,038 net aircraft orders, after 141 cancellations during the first nine months, the Toulouse, France-based company said today in a statement. That includes 918 neos, which offer more fuel-efficient engines than the existing A320 family.
Airbus’s record tally for net new orders was in 2007, with contracts for 1,341. An order today from Qantas Airways Ltd. for 110 A320s, will be included in the October listing. Combined with the prospect of additional orders at the Dubai Air Show in November, that put Airbus in reach of topping its previous high.
With massive backlogs, both companies recorded high delivery totals but the European plane maker still leads its American counterpart with 374 deliveries so far this year to Boeing’s 349.
The orders numbers may skew back toward Boeing a bit during the last quarter once major orders for the new 737 are announced but so far it appears that Airbus is well on its way to another dominating year.