Airbus's usual late orders spurt again enabled it to leap-frog Boeing and end last year as top dog in the annual sales race.
The airframer - whose salesmen often manage to get signatures on a raft of firm contracts in the final month of the year - added a whopping 204 orders in December, taking its net order tally beyond Boeing's 530 aircraft, to 574.
Single-aisles made up the bulk of Airbus's big December deals, including 50 for China Eastern, 60 for Virgin America, and 50 for LAN Airlines.
The two rivals' combined order total is heading back towards the boom times of the last decade, but at 1,104 units is still well short of 2007's peak when Airbus and Boeing's net sales exceeded 2,700 aircraft.
As expected, Airbus again out-produced its rival - for the eighth year in succession - delivering 510 aircraft. This breaks its previous all-time output record of 498, set the year before.
Boeing's deliveries fell slightly from 481 in 2009 to 462, with the absence of 787 shipments beginning to tell on the airframer's output. As a result, the two airframers' combined delivery tally, at 972 aircraft, is down slightly on 2009, but is likely to exceed 1,000 aircraft for the first time in 2011.
|Jet airliner deliveries, orders and backlog|
|Deliveries||Net Orders||Backlog||Deliveries||Net Orders|
|Total Value (bn)*||$106.4||$123.1||$924.2||$103.3||$37.1|