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Boeing On Course To Sell More Planes Than Airbus

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Boeing reported more than 1,000 net new orders so far this year, putting it on course to sell more aircraft than Airbus for the first time since 2006.

Boeing recorded 1009 net orders by November 6, primarily driven by demand for 737 narrow-body jets. The company has received 990 net orders for 737s this year.

Boeing sales are running at more than double those of Airbus. Airbus had logged 382 orders on a net basis to September 30 this year, according to data available on its website.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Boeing has also moved a step closer to selling a larger version of its new 787 Dreamliner, holding detailed discussions with potential customers.

"Boeing has been working closely with airline and leasing customers to define the key capabilities and features of 787-10x, and we anticipate strong market demand for this third and largest member of the 787 Dreamliner family," Boeing spokeswoman Shannon Myers said in a statement.

On November 8, Boeing said that ALAFCO, the Kuwait aircraft leasing company, had ordered 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s valued at USD$2 billion at current list prices.

(Reuters)