Between them, the big-two aircraft manufacturers achieved a slight rise in overall output last year, to 1,436 aircraft, but their combined net orders declined by almost a quarter.

Airbus revealed earlier today that it had delivered 688 aircraft in 2016, which is an 8% increase on the previous year. Boeing, which disclosed its 2016 performance on 6 January, saw a slight decline from 762 deliveries in 2015 to 748.

Airbus Boeing 2016 table

Overall, Airbus and Boeing production rose just under 3%, compared with just over 3% the previous year. The changes meant that Airbus closed down Boeing's delivery market-share advantage from almost 55% to 52%.

Airbus again led the sales race, with 731 net orders, compared with 668 for Boeing, giving it a 52% share. The overall total declined by almost 25% in 2016, to 1,399 net orders. Airbus's tally fell by a third, while Boeing's went down 13%.

Their combined sales performance equated to an industry book-to-bill of just below one, with Airbus slightly above unity and Boeing slightly below. This was after adjustment for cancellations, which nearly doubled in 2016, to 398, from 220 the year before. Airbus fared worse, suffering 218 order terminations.

The overall year-end backlog declined for the first time since 2009, albeit only slightly to 12,589 aircraft. Airbus continues to lead its rival, with a share of 54%.

Source: Cirium Dashboard