* European planemaker sold 186 jets in November
* Annual sales targets virtually met, but lags Boeing
PARIS Dec 7 Airbus confirmed on Friday it had
sold 186 aircraft in November, putting it on the verge of
meeting its goal for the full year but failing to close a gap
with rival Boeing.
Between January and November, Airbus sold 646 aircraft, or a
net total of 585 after adjusting for cancellations.
Airbus delivered 516 aircraft in the same period.
The European planemaker announcement confirms figures
reported by Reuters on Monday.
Airbus has set a target of 650 plane sales in 2012.
It also aims to sell more planes than it delivers, a
milestone that it reached in the first 11 months of the year.
Airbus is poised to lose its crown as the world's largest
planemaker to Boeing this year as the U.S. company catches up
with demand for a new type of fuel-saving medium-haul jet.
Demand for the revamped A320neo handed Airbus a record 64
percent market share in 2011, but Boeing has raced past its
rival in 2012 with strong sales of its competing 737 MAX.
When 2011 and 2012 years are combined, analysts say the two
aircraft planemakers are expected to maintain a roughly equal
share of the $100 billion global passenger jet market.
The two planemakers are locked in an advertising war fuelled
by conflicting claims about the merits of the upgraded aircraft.
Boeing sold 1,156 jets between Jan. 1 and Dec. 4 and took
cancellations for 104, leaving net orders of 1,052, according to
latest available data on the company's website.
Boeing delivered 537 aircraft in the first 11 months.
Airbus last lost the annual order race in 2006 and has
outdelivered its rival for the past nine years.
November's business for the EADS subsidiary
included 100 orders for Airbus A320-family jets from an
It also included a final agreement to buy 36 single-aisle
planes from China Aircraft Leasing Company, provisionally
announced at the Farnborough Airshow in July.
Confirmation of business from a new Chinese leasing buyer
came as a source familiar with the matter said a Chinese group
was in talks to buy U.S. giant International Lease Finance Corp
in a sign of the sector's fast growth.
Boeing said on Thursday customers had cancelled orders for
six planes worth nearly $2 billion, and booked orders for two
planes worth $700 million at list prices.
The company didn't identify which customers had cancelled or
placed the orders. In a tally, Boeing showed cancellations for
five 747 jumbo jets and a 767. The new orders were for two 747s.