Airbus Claims Title As World's Top Selling Plane Maker

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Airbus is claiming it has wrested away the title of the world's best-selling aircraft manufacturer in its ongoing battle with rival Boeing, but the European jet maker still has a way to go to catch up in actual plane deliveries.

Airbus said it received 1,036 orders for its jets in 2015, well above the 768 achieved by Seattle-based Boeing. The tally sees Airbus's order book soar to 6,787 jets valued at almost $1 trillion, compared to Boeing's 5,795. The order backlog, Airbus says, is equivalent of almost a decade's worth of production.

While Airbus took the sales title, the Boeing delivered more aircraft last year, producing 762 new jets in 2015 compared with the 635 by Airbus, although both, notably, were record performances.

The new Airbus A320Neo helped spur sales at Airbus.

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