Airbus capped a comparatively low-key Paris Air Show with more than two times as many orders as Boeing.
From Monday through Thursday, Airbus had solid orders, letters of intent and memorandums of understanding for 595 airplanes, as outlined by IBA .iQ, an aviation consulting firm that monitors aircraft orders. By comparison, it said, Boeing had orders for 234 planes, just about all in a surprise order from IAG for the grounded 737 Max.
On the whole, 938 planes were ordered at the show, down slightly from the last two years, but more than many analysts expected.
While Airbus stated the order crown for a third straight year, Boeing experts admitted before the Paris Air Show that they did not expect to announce many orders since their most popular model, the 737 Max, is grounded. Still, IAG’s order for 200 MAX planes aided Boeing to steal some of air show headlines from Airbus.
The sting of that show was evident Thursday afternoon after the chief commercial officer of Airbus informed reporters in Paris that his company will try to persuade IAG to switch its order back Airbus narrow-body planes.
After officially unveiling the A321XLR on the first day of the show, Airbus collected almost 240 orders for the planes. Those enrolling in the new middle of the market plane consist of American Airlines, JetBlue and Indigo Partners, the parent corporation of Frontier Airlines.