PARIS Feb 8 Boeing started the year ahead of
its European rival Airbus, after clinching the industry's top
spot in 2012, with broadly higher orders and deliveries in
January, data showed on Friday.
EADS unit Airbus said it had taken 140 orders
during the month, or 121 after adjusting for cancellations, and
also delivered 35 passenger jets to airline customers.
Boeing said on Thursday it had delivered 39 aircraft in
January, beating Airbus despite a halt in deliveries of its 787
Dreamliner which has been grounded by battery safety concerns.
The U.S. company sold 145 aircraft between Jan. 1 and Feb.
5, the nearest comparable period for which data is available,
and took no cancellations.
Both companies' order books were unusually active for
January as American Airlines won court permisssion to confirm
large plane orders while in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.