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>> Airbus has beaten Boeing in their annual order contest for the fifth year running. A flurry of sales in the closing weeks of 2017 saw the European plane maker overhaul Boeing's recent lead in the global jet market. Net orders after cancellations rose 52% to 1,109 aircraft, ahead of Boeing's 912.
Airbus also confirmed it had met its core 2017 target of more than 700 deliveries. It released 718 jets to customers over the year, up 4% on 2016. But Boeing was a clear winner there, the world's largest jet maker for the sixth year running delivered a record 763 aircraft.
Doubts also remain of the future of airbus' flagship A380, only eight will be produced this year compared with 15 deliveries last year. Airbus is talking to its main A380 by Emirates about buying three dozen more super jumbos, and it's confirmed it will have no choice but to stop production if a deal falls through.