Friday, July 18, 2014

Airbus tops Boeing at air show

Airbus beat rival Boeing in aircraft orders at this year's Farnborough International Airshow near London, landing nearly twice as many orders and commitments. But Boeing said it has won more in the year to date. Boeing put its figure at 783 and Airbus' at 648. Airbus said Thursday its orders and commitments at Farnborough for 496 aircraft were valued at $75 billion. Demand for its A320neo, or "new engine option," was particularly strong. Boeing, meanwhile, secured business worth $40.2 billion for 201 airplanes. (Source: AP via ABC, 07/17/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.