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Airbus Guards 2011 Lead Over Boeing in Orders and Deliveries

Airbus SAS delivered more planes and took in more orders so far this year than U.S. rival Boeing Co., approaching a record for new business as both planemakers prepare to head to the Dubai Air Show that starts next week.

Airbus has won 1,231 net aircraft orders in the first 10 months after 141 cancellations during the period, the Toulouse, France-based company said today in a statement. That includes more than a thousand A320neos, which offer more fuel-efficient engines than the existing A320 single-aisle family.

Airbus’s record tally for net new orders was in 2007, with contracts for 1,341. The planemaker generally reaps significant business at air shows that help bring home orders that have been negotiated for months. Airbus has topped Boeing’s deliveries every year since 2003.

Boeing has won 428 net orders through Nov. 1, which are listed today on the Chicago-based planemaker’s website and exclude 110 canceled contracts. Cancellations are generally for planes ordered some years ago, though they are counted against the current-year order tally.

For deliveries, Airbus has handed over 418 planes this year, including 332 single-aisle aircraft, 67 widebodies, and 19 A380s. Airbus, a unit of European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co., aims to deliver about 530 planes this year, including about 25 of its double-decker A380s.

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