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Airbus takes plane orders lead into Dubai Airshow

French-based firm has won 1,231 aircraft orders in first 10 months to lead US rival Boeing

Airbus takes plane orders lead into Dubai Airshow
The model of an Airbus A 350 XWB at the Paris International Air Show. (AFP/Getty Images)

Airbus delivered more planes and took in more orders so far this year than US rival Boeing, approaching a record for new business as both planemakers prepare to head to the Dubai Airshow that starts next week.

Airbus has won 1,231 net aircraft orders in the first 10 months after 141 cancellations during the period, the Toulouse, France-based company said on Tuesday in a statement.

That includes more than a thousand A320neos, which offer more fuel-efficient engines than the existing A320 single-aisle family.

Airbus’s record tally for net new orders was in 2007, with contracts for 1,341. The planemaker generally reaps significant business at air shows that help bring home orders that have been negotiated for months. Airbus has topped Boeing’s deliveries every year since 2003.

Boeing has won 428 net orders through November 1, which are listed today on the Chicago-based planemaker’s website and exclude 110 canceled contracts.

Cancellations are generally for planes ordered some years ago, though they are counted against the current-year order tally.

For deliveries, Airbus has handed over 418 planes this year, including 332 single-aisle aircraft, 67 widebodies, and 19 A380s. Airbus, a unit of European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co, aims to deliver about 530 planes this year, including about 25 of its double-decker A380s.

Earlier on Tuesday, Qatar Airways said it expects to make a “major” announcement at next week’s Dubai Airshow.

The Gulf airline already has orders outstanding for more than 200 aircraft with a value in excess of $40bn at list prices, and said the announcement would be in line with its rapid expansion plans.

 “Qatar Airways will have a formidable presence at the Dubai Airshow,” a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement to Qatar News Agency. The carrier will make a “major announcement” at the event, the spokesperson added.

CEO Akbar Al Baker in October said the carrier will make a decision on Airbus’s A320neo at the event, after failing to sign a deal for the plane at the Paris Air Show in June.

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