Boe­ing vs Air­bus

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Boe­ing flew past Air­bus in the race for plane or­ders at this year’s Paris Air Show, thanks to a surge in in­ter­est in the new­est ver­sion of the 737. Most of the sales were of sin­gle-aisle jets that are the work­horses of global avi­a­tion, par­tic­u­larly Boe­ing’s 737 Max se­ries and Air­bus A320­neo range.

Boe­ing did well in its 777 and 787 wide-body sales too, beat­ing Air­bus both in the num­ber of air­craft sold and in terms of order value.

Based on firm new or­ders, Air­bus said it was a tie. The facts tell an other story, Boe­ing re­ported it reg­is­tered firm or­ders or promised or­ders for 571 planes this week, worth $74.8 bil­lion at list prices. Air­bus an­nounced 326 or­ders or com­mit­ments worth $40 bil­lion. Cus­tomers rou­tinely ne­go­ti­ate dis­counts.

Air­bus con­ceded de­feat to arch-ri­val Boe­ing at the 2017 Paris Air­show with a last-minute haul of al­most 100 or­ders, in­clud­ing new in­ter­est from Iran, failed to close a gap opened up by the launch of Boe­ing’s new 737 model.

The Euro­pean plane­maker said it had won 326 net new or­ders and com­mit­ments against its es­ti­mate of the com­pa­ra­ble Boe­ing tally of 443, ex­clud­ing con­ver­sions from other mod­els to sup­port the launch of its new Boe­ing 737 MAX 10.

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