(Adds United, airblue cancellations, background)
PARIS, July 4 Airbus sold more than 200
aircraft in June during an unexpectedly busy month that saw some
reshuffling of its order book, but took over 120 cancellations
to end the first half behind U.S. rival Boeing, company
data showed on Friday.
The European planemaker posted 515 orders between January
and June, or 290 when adjusted for cancellations. Latest deals
included 150 A320-family jets to one or more undisclosed buyers.
Latest data from the Toulouse-based company included the
cancellation of 70 wide-body A350 jets by Dubai's Emirates,
which had beeen announced earlier in June.
Airbus delivered 303 aircraft in the first half, including
13 A380 superjumbos.
Boeing on Thursday reported 181 deliveries in the
second-quarter, bringing its total for the year to 342. It
reported 553 gross orders and 499 net orders for the first six
United Airlines cancelled 18 A320-family aircraft in
June and Pakistani airline airblue cancelled all 13 of its
outstanding orders for A320 aircraft, leaving just one which has
already been delivered, the Airbus data showed.
This week's updates set the tone for a vigorous contest at
the Farnborough Airshow, with Boeing acknowledging the gap may
be narrower after the July 14-20 event outside London.
Airbus is expected to announce several hundred orders at the
world's largest aviation exhibition, while Boeing is seen as
close to finalizing an order for 150 777X jets from Emirates.
A Boeing official accused Airbus this week of holding back
orders to make a bigger impact in the Farnborough spotlight.
"As usual, we expect the race to tighten up once Airbus
rolls out its stockpiled orders en masse the week of the show,"
Randy Tinseth, vice-president for marketing at Boeing Commercial
Airplanes, said in a blog on Boeing's website.
"We announce orders when ready," an Airbus spokesman said.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Brian Love)