Boeing tops Europe’s Airbus in airliner deliveries

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    Boeing edged out European rival Airbus to retain its title as the world’s top jetmaker.

    Boeing said it delivered a record number of aircraft in 2018, its tally of 806 narrowly topping Airbus’ count of 800 deliveries for the year.

    A Cowen analyst told The Associated Press that Boeing deliveries were “a tad light,” but added deliveries of its new 737 MAX beat expectations.

    On the order front, Boeing tallied a net of 893 aircraft orders in 2018. Airbus tallied 747, a sharp drop from the 1,109 it sold in 2017.

    Strong global demand for aircraft has boosted both companies, creating backlogs that stretch for years for some popular aircraft types.

    TODAY IN THE SKY: Photo tour: Behind the scenes at the Boeing factory

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    PHOTOS: Behind the scenes: Airbus’ A350 final assembly line

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    PHOTOS: A look at Airbus in North America over the years

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    TODAY IN THE SKYPhoto tour: Behind the scenes at Boeing’s 787 factory in South Carolina

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