SEATTLE Aug 8 At mid-year, Boeing Co is
crushing Airbus in the wide body jetliner market.
Boeing has 273 net orders through July compared with a
negative 27 for Airbus due to cancellations. The tally
underscores the fierce battle between the world's two largest
plane makers to dominate sales of the lucrative market for wide
body planes, a market Boeing values at $2.5 trillion over the
next 20 years.
Earlier in the week, Airbus said it topped Boeing in
unadjusted orders for all types of planes so far in 2014, saying
it won 980 new orders through July, compared with just 837 for
But Boeing hit back on Thursday, pointing out that after
adjusting for cancellations, Boeing is in the lead, with 823 net
orders so far, versus 705 for Airbus. Boeing also notes that in
July it booked unadjusted 324 orders - a record.
"July turned out to be a very good month," Senior Vice
President Randy Tinseth wrote in his blog on Thursday.
To be fair, Boeing's lead reflects an advantageous point in
time. Boeing had been taking commitments for its new 777X
aircraft before it launched the jet development program last
November. As expected, airlines have turned many of those
commitments into firm orders this year.
In contrast, Airbus launched its new A330neo, a low-cost
rival to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, at the Farnborough Airshow
outside London last month. It won 127 commitments, but those
will not be counted as firm orders until airlines confirm them
throughout the rest of the year.
Airbus also suffered two high-profile cancellations last
month. Just before the air show, Emirates Airline
nixed 70 orders for the new Airbus A350 wide body
plane, which has not had a net new order this year, according to
Just after the show, Japan's Skymark Airlines Inc
canceled six Airbus A380 superjumbos, a plane that has struggled
to find buyers outside large Middle Eastern carriers.
"The most important number is that 127 commitments," Airbus
spokeswoman Maryanne Greczyn said on Friday. "Once we firm those
up, it will obviously alter the order roster significantly."
(Reporting by Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher; Editing by Lisa