FRANCE – Airbus SAS secured more than twice the number of aircraft orders in 2010 than it had anticipated at the start of the year, helping the French manufacturer maintain its lead over Boeing Co. as demand rebounded around the world.
The company won contracts last year for 644 jets, compared with its original prediction of 300, CEO Tom Enders said yesterday. The net order intake came to 574, after 70 cancellations. Boeing won 530 net orders after 95 cancellations and delivered 462 planes. Airbus delivered a record 510 planes