Airbus vs. Boeing at Farnborough 2018: who shines this time?
One of the most important events of the year for the global aerospace industry, the biennial Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, is the place where the biggest manufacturers and leading airlines come together to not only showcase their newest products, but also to do BIG business. Now, as Farnborough’s five-day Trade Show event, where industry giants reaped their billions-worth of deals, has officially ended, the two long-lived rivals - Boeing and Airbus - opened their order books to demonstrate their accomplishments. So which one of these plane makers won more deals this year?
During the show, Boeing secured $98.4 billion worth of orders. The manufacturer reveals in a statement singing a total of 673 orders and commitments for commercial aircraft. An absolute majority of the deals – 564 – were made for the single-aisle 737 MAX variants. Boeing also lists 52 orders for the 787, 48 for the 777F, and five for the 747-8F.
Meanwhile, Airbus announced signing a total of 431 single-aisle and wide-body aircraft orders during the show. Of the 431 deals, 93 are firm orders and 338 are provisional. In particular, the deals comprise 60 orders for A220-300s (previously known as C Series), 304 for A320 Family aircraft, 42 for A330neo jetliners, and 25 for A350 XWBs. Additionally, the European plane maker had a pre-show order for 60 A220-300s.
Over a year ago, Boeing also managed to outsell Airbus at another European airshow. During the 2017 Paris Air Show in France, which took place in June 2017, Airbus won $39.7 billion worth of new business, signing orders and commitments for a total of 326 aircraft. Boeing, in turn, left Le Bourget with 571 orders and commitments, valued at $74.8 billion at list prices.
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