UPDATE 2-Airbus wins 980 gross orders, 705 net in Jan-July

lunes 4 de agosto de 2014 17:00 GYT

(Adds orders not yet included in manufacturers' tallies)

By Tim Hepher

PARIS Aug 4 (Reuters) - Airbus overtook Boeing in unadjusted aircraft orders for 2014 after last month's Farnborough Airshow, but continued to lag its U.S. rival when taking into account cancellations, company data showed on Monday.

The Airbus Group planemaking subsidiary won 980 aircraft orders between January and July, and said it had 705 net orders, beating its newly introduced net order target for the year.

Airbus has said its haul of orders at Farnborough marked its best ever performance at the UK's biennial aerospace event.

Boeing, whose officials argue net orders are the most sensible benchmark for the fiercely contested order race between the world's largest planemakers, reported 837 gross orders and 783 net sales after cancellations between Jan. 1 and July 29.

On July 31, Boeing added an order for 40 wide-body jets from Japan's All Nippon Airways. Airbus has added 8 wide-body orders to Iberia parent IAG since its latest monthly order sheet was compiled.

In an effort to reassure investors following a rise in the number of cancellations and amid growing industry concerns over a cyclical downturn, Airbus said last week that these included conversions between models and showed no underlying weakness.

It told analysts that some cancelled current-generation A320s would be replaced by orders for a revamped version of the same model, due to make its maiden flight in September.   Continuación...