Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Boeing leads Airbus in the number of jetliner orders in the first nine months of the year, 1,000 net for Boeing compared to 791 for Airbus. The U.S. company also delivered more aircraft, 528 compared to 443. Most of the orders booked by Airbus so far this year are for the fuel-efficient A320neo (new engine option), which accounts for 512 orders, along with the A321neo, chalking up 146 orders. (Sources: multiple, including AFP via Economic Times, Reuters, 10/06/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 family final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that will open next year and produce its first aircraft in 2016.