Airbus announced 138 new passenger orders and commitments at Le Bourget on Thursday, taking to 261 the total number of jets it has sold so far at the Paris Air Show -- as Boeing called it a day with 146.
PARIS — Airbus announced 138 new passenger orders and commitments at Le Bourget on Thursday, taking to 261 the total number of jets it has sold so far at the Paris Air Show — as Boeing called it a day with 146.
A surprise 100-plane order from a brand-new Indian airline, IndiGo, accounted for most of the gap between the trans-Atlantic rivals after a fourth day of dealmaking at the world’s biggest aerospace industry gathering.
Boeing is unlikely to announce any further business at the show, the company said, but Airbus hinted that more orders would be unveiled Friday. “The week isn’t finished yet,” spokeswoman Barbara Kracht said.
Some analysts had predicted that U.S.-based Boeing could this year regain the lead in orders it lost four years ago, but the late surge by Airbus makes that prospect less likely.
By the start of June, Boeing had chalked up 255 firm orders to Airbus’ 196. Airbus could now overtake its Chicago-based rival in coming months as nonbinding commitments announced this week are completed as firm orders.
Neither Boeing Co. nor Airbus supplied figures for the value of business they did at Le Bourget. But estimates based on their catalog prices suggest Airbus sold about $29 billion worth of planes — almost double the $15 billion sold by Boeing.
The IndiGo deal alone was worth some $6 billion at list price, Airbus said, as it announced that New Delhi-based travel company InterGlobe Enterprises Ltd. and Indian businessman Rakesh Gangwal were teaming up to launch the new low-cost domestic carrier. Gangwal has previously worked as a senior executive for United Airlines, Air France and US Airways.