* Airbus sells 437 planes in Jan-Sept
* Boeing sells 962 planes in Jan. 1-Oct. 2
* Airbus 9-mth deliveries total 405 vs 436 for Boeing
PARIS, Oct 5 European planemaker Airbus
won less than half as many aircraft orders as Boeing in
the first nine months of the year as its U.S. arch-rival
benefited from a surge in demand for its new fuel-efficient
Airbus sold 437 planes in the period from January to
September, compared with 962 for Boeing between Jan. 1 and Oct.
2. After cancellations, Boeing outsold Airbus by 879 to 382,
based on the latest figures published by both companies.
Boeing also outpaced Airbus in terms of deliveries, with 436
planes handed over to airline and leasing customers against 405
for Airbus. This was helped by a doubling in deliveries of
Boeing's delayed carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner in the third
quarter to 12.
The fresh data show Boeing is on course to reclaim the top
spot in commercial aircraft production from Airbus this year.
The U.S. group lagged Airbus on deliveries for the ninth year in
a row last year.
Boeing's market share sank to its worst level in the history
of its 40-year rivalry with Airbus in 2011 as it took longer to
decide on a strategy to meet demand for more fuel-efficient
single-aisle jets in response to Airbus' new A320neo.
But the arrival of the 737 MAX is helping Boeing accelerate
ahead of Airbus this year, with overall orders rising to 404 in
the third quarter from 36 in the second as it logged 377 sales
of the new model.
Airbus' new business in September included follow-on orders
for 10 A330-300 long-haul aircraft from Philippine Airlines and
10 A320neo planes for an undisclosed customer. Dublin-based
lessor Aircraft Purchase Fleet Ltd also bought two A320s.
Airbus last month reaffirmed its sales target of 650 gross
orders this year, with sales chief John Leahy saying the
planemaker was "on track to do at least 650, hopefully a bit
He reiterated then that it was becoming tougher to reach its
target of selling 30 A380 aircraft, although Airbus was on track
to deliver 30 of the superjumbos this year.
Airbus said on Friday that it had delivered 17 A380s in the
nine months through September.