Airbus Ahead Of Boeing On 2009 Orders

European planemaker Airbus says it took 225 jet orders in the first 11 months of 2009, offsetting 31 cancellations and putting it ahead of rival Boeing’s 93 orders.

PARIS (AP) -- European planemaker Airbus says it took 225 jet orders in the first 11 months of 2009, offsetting 31 cancellations and putting it ahead of rival Boeing.

More than half of the new orders were for single-aisle A320s, which scored an order of 20 from Qatar Airlines. Another larger order came from budget carrier Wizz Air, for 50 A320s.

However, the planemaker registered only two orders for its A380 superjumbo.

In a statement Thursday, Airbus puts the total orders for the year through Nov. 30 at 194 after cancellations.

That compares to just 93 orders for the same period for Airbus' main competitor, Chicago-based Boeing. The U.S. planemaker tallied 204 orders for the 11 months through Dec. 1 but also had 111 cancellations.

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