Airbus secures first-half net orders for 68 aircraft

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Airbus has ended the first half of 2009 with net orders for 68 aircraft, against just a single net airframe for Boeing, following a clutch of agreements at the Paris Air Show.

While the rival manufacturers secured broadly similar gross orders in the first six months of the year - Airbus with 90 and Boeing with 85 - the US company has been badly hit by cancellations for its 787.

Airbus, whose order backlog typically benefits during the week of the Paris show, had accumulated net firm agreements for 21 long-haul and 47 single-aisle jets by 30 June.

Its latest backlog figures show Etihad Airways has newly cancelled an A340-600, while Spain's Grupo Marsans has cancelled an A330-200.

Airbus delivered 254 aircraft over the half-year including three A380s, 38 A330s, five A340s and 208 from the A320 family.

Boeing suffered cancellation of 73 787s in the same period, as well as a handful of airframes across each of its other four lines, leaving it with net orders for a single aircraft in the first six months.