Thursday, December 5, 2013
Airbus leads Boeing in the first 11 months of 2013 in the number of orders that have been placed, but trails in deliveries. Airbus lists 1,373 orders since January compared to Boeing's 1,212, according to data from the companies. After cancellations, Airbus logged 1,314 orders. Boeing remained ahead on deliveries, the most widely used benchmark for ranking the top two jetmakers. It delivered 580 planes compared with 562 from Airbus and looked on course to maintain the industry's No.1 spot for a second year when full 2013 data is released in January. (Source: Reuters, 12/05/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.