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Boeing Claims First Sales Crown From Airbus Since 2018

  • U.S. planemaker’s 909 annual orders boosted by Max, freighter
  • Airbus dominates deliveries as 787 Dreamliner gets sidelined
A Boeing Co. 737 Max airplane prepares to land after a test flight in Seattle, Washington.

A Boeing Co. 737 Max airplane prepares to land after a test flight in Seattle, Washington.

Photographer: Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times/Bloomberg

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Boeing Co. outsold Airbus SE for the first time in three years as the 737 Max showed resilience after a global grounding and as the Covid-19 pandemic spurred record demand for freighters.

The Chicago-based planemaker notched 909 gross orders last year, more than double its total for the previous two years combined, according to data posted on Boeing’s website Tuesday. Airbus on Monday reported 771 sales for the year.