The totals are in and European plane maker Airbus says it fell behind its US rival in terms of new orders last year but did beat Boeing for deliveries. That announcement came as Boeing said there will be more delays to its 787 Dreamliner which can only be good news for the Europeans.
Airbus chief Tom Enders said “2007 was a record year for the industry, both our competitor and us. We had levels of orders and deliveries never achieved so far.” He added the company must now concentrate on how to manage the backlog of orders.
Airbus’ most popular plane was the A320 with more than 900 orders during the year. The A330, 340 and 350 totalled over 400 and there were 23 orders for the giant A380. Boeing had 1,413 confirmed orders to Airbus’ 1,341. Airbus also said that its costs savings programme is well ahead of target at close to 500 million euros.
Meanwhile Boeing’s problems with the 787 continue.
It has just announced a further delay of at least three months in the plane’s first flight which means there will be no deliveries until next year.