* Airbus sold 1,156 jets, Boeing 472 between Jan and August
* Boeing back in the narrowbody game with the 737 MAX
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PARIS, Sept 6 Airbus managed to stay
well ahead of Boeing in August, capitalising on the
success of its revamped A320 family of narrowbody jets.
The European planemaker said in a monthly tally it had sold
1,156 aircraft between January and August.
Cancellations brought the net total of planes sold in the
first eight months down to 1,015.
Boeing sold 472 aircraft or a net total of 370 between
January and August.
In an attempt to challenge Airbus' revamped A320neo family,
Boeing said on Aug. 30 it planned to roll out a more efficient
version of its best-selling 737 narrowbody with a new engine in
The new model, named the 737 MAX, will compete with the
revamped A320neo family, a similar model due to be equipped with
fuel-saving engines and delivered in 2015.
Boeing cited order commitments, which will need to be
confirmed as firm orders at a later stage, for 496 of the new
planes from five airlines.
(Reporting by Matthias Blamont; Editing by Hans-Juergen Peters)