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Airbus extends lead over Boeing with 415 jet sales in October

FILE PHOTO: Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft makes a fly-by as Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-800 plane is seen during the Bahrain International Air Show 2018, at Sakhir Air Base, south of Manama, Bahrain, November 14, 2018. REUTERS/ Hamad I Mohammed

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus AIR.PA had 415 airplane orders in October, including its largest ever from a single airline, extending a wide lead over Boeing, which has been hit by the grounding of its 737 MAX.

The European planemaker also announced on Thursday deals including 12 orders for its A330neo passenger jet from an unidentified buyer.

The Airbus deals, including a record order for 300 aircraft from India’s IndiGo announced last week, brought the January-October total to 718 aircraft or a net 542 after cancellations.

Boeing BA.N has reported 170 orders through end-September, the latest period for which data is available, or a net total of 54 after cancellations.

After an accounting adjustment representing jets ordered in previous years but now thought unlikely to be delivered, Boeing’s net total sank to a negative 84 airplanes.

Airbus, which last week cut its annual delivery target by 2-3% to 860 aircraft, said it had delivered 648 aircraft in the first 10 months of 2019.

Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Alexander Smith