Planemaker To Top Last Year's Sales By Nearly 40 Orders
Boeing set a new company sales
record for jetliners in 2006 with 1,040 firm orders on the year
according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Quoting sources close
to the matter, the Post-Intelligencer says Boeing beat its 2005
record-setting year by a margin of 38.
Industry observers say this should place the Chicago-based
company firmly in the sales-race lead past rival Airbus for the
first time in over five years.
Europe's Airbus logged 1,055 net orders for 2005 beating
Boeing's 1,002, and retaining the sales lead last year. Problems
with that company's highly-touted 500+ passenger A380 Superjumbo
has led to shakeups both within and without the company.
Although it will probably never be clear just how badly problems
with the A380 program hurt overall sales for Airbus on the whole,
it certainly did nothing to hurt sales for Boeing's upcoming 787
Dreamliner program -- the company holds nearly 500 orders for the
fuel-efficient, long-haul jets since it was announced in 2004.
For 2006 as in 2005, Boeing's best seller continues to be the
737 family of aircraft. Not counting last-minute deals with Korean
Air and Air Berlin, the company logged 619 orders for the venerable
Boeing's 737-series aircraft continue to be the most successful
jetliner of all time with sales of more than 6,000 over its
The battle to claim the sales lead between the two manufacturing
giants has raged for years. Both sides have been accused of
shenanigans in counting orders.
When Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas in 1997 it changed its
order charts to include planes sold by its former rival. Boeing has
since acknowledged the total for that year may have been based on
Even with that little bit of obfuscation, Boeing's claimed total
sales for the year, 1,107 gross, doesn't beat Airbus' claimed 1,111
gross for 2005. With that total, Airbus says it holds the
single-year airliner sales record for the industry.
But some analysts question Airbus' total for 2005 since it
included a last-minute, 150-plane order from China they believe
shouldn't have counted until 2006.
Whichever company holds the record for the most sales in a
single year, for now it appears the 2006 sales race
will go to Boeing.