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Airbus lags behind Boeing

Miniature Airbus A350-900 passenger aircraft at Aviation Expo China, Beijing. 25 September, 2013.
Miniature Airbus A350-900 passenger aircraft at Aviation Expo China, Beijing. 25 September, 2013. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus was behind its U.S. rival Boeing in net sales recorded during the first half of the year, despite selling more than 200 aircraft in the unexpectedly busy month of June.

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Company data released on Friday showed Airbus posting 515 orders between January and June, or 290 when adjusted for cancellations.

Boeing on Thursday reported 181 deliveries in the second-quarter, bringing its total for the year to 342.

In terms of deliveries, Airbus is also behind its rival with 303 aircraft delivered to client companies against 342 for Boeing.

The Toulouse-based company Airbus included the cancellation of 70 wide-body A350 jets by Dubai's Emirates, which had been announced earlier in June.

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