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.
"Is this a slower show than previous years? Yes, it is. Are we conceding that Boeing sold a few more airplanes than we did? Yes," said Airbus sales chief John Leahy.
Leahy said he had expected the new Boeing plane to make more of a splash.
"The only negative thing I would see is that we had expected they would have had a bigger launch on the 737 MAX 10, not quite as many conversions, more incremental orders."
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