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Airbus Jetliner Orders Top 1,000 Through November

Airbus Group SE on Monday said it has booked more than 1,000 jetliner orders in the first 11 months of 2015, though it faced a high bar to meet its commitment for plane deliveries this year.

Airbus, in its monthly update on business, said it had delivered 556 jetliners this year through November after shipping 61 aircraft last month. The plane maker needs to deliver 73 planes before the year-end to match last year’s total. The company previously said this year’s deliveries should be ahead of last year’s.

Rival Boeing, which trails the European plane maker in orders booked so far this year, is poised to remain the world’s largest plane maker. The Chicago-based company had delivered 709 planes through November.

Airbus net order bookings through November reached 1,007 planes, after a further intake of 169 plane deals last month. Airbus also saw an order for 12 of its new A350 long-range jets canceled as airline TAP Portugal switched to a version of the plane maker’s A330 aircraft.

Boeing had 568 plane orders through Dec. 2, the U.S. company said on its website.

Several years of strong order intake far ahead of annual production have swelled Airbus’s backlog of orders to 6,837 aircraft. The company is raising output on some of its most popular models to respond to demand.

Airbus Jetliner Orders Top 1,000 Through November

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