Airbus Soars Ahead of Boeing

Manufacturer lands $50B in jumbos at Dubai Air Show compared with Boeing's $9.3B
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2007 4:29 PM CST
Airbus Soars Ahead of Boeing
A Boeing 787 sits on the assembly line, in this July 7, 2007 file photo, at Boeing's assembly plant in Everett, Wash., a day before the official roll-out ceremony for the first Boeing 787 airplane. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)   (Associated Press)

Boeing execs are picking up the pieces after losing a head-to-head sales battle with rival Airbus in the first 2 days of the 5-day Dubai Air Show. Airbus racked up more than $50 billion in orders for its jumbo A380 and A350 aircraft yesterday and today, reports MarketWatch, while its American archrival's B787 and B777 garnered a mere $9.3 billion in orders .

Dubai-owned Emirates’ order for 11 A380s and 70 A350s is the largest in Airbus history. Emirates also will buy 12 B777s from Boeing. Airbus also signed deals with DAE Capital, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Air Arabia. Shares of EADS, Airbus’ parent company, rose 3.7% in Paris trading. Boeing sold 30 B787 and 27 B777 aircraft to Qatar Airways. (Read more Boeing stories.)

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