Airbus flies past Boeing in aircraft orders in 2017

European aerospace giant Airbus overtook its arch-rival Boeing in terms of aircraft orders last year, but still lagged behind it in terms of deliveries, according to new data published on Monday.
Airbus said in a statement it booked 1,109 aircraft orders and a record 718 deliveries in 2017.
By comparison, US rival Boeing booked 912 orders and 763 deliveries.
"Airbus' commercial aircraft deliveries in 2017 were up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers," Airbus said.
"Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016."
At the end of 2017, Airbus' overall backlog stood at 7,265 aircraft valued at $1.059 trillion (867 billion euros) at list prices, the company said.
"A new Airbus delivery record coupled with our fourth best order intake wraps up a remarkable year for us," said chief operating officer, Fabrice Bregier.
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