PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus has been chasing deals with leasing companies in recent weeks to try to narrow a gap in orders against rival Boeing , while experts debate whether the planemaker met its delivery target after shares took a beating.
The outcome of the recent leasing talks could affect a tighter-than-expected race for orders in 2018, though Airbus is relying on a recent burst of orders for a newly acquired Canadian jet program and lags Boeing on a like-for-like basis.
Order - Flurry - Jigsaw - Data - Investors
The last-minute order flurry complicates a jigsaw of data awaited by investors as uncertainty lingers over whether Airbus met its crucial aircraft delivery target for 2018 — a reliable guide to profits and a barometer of supply chain tensions.
Industry sources have said Airbus was unlikely to meet the 800-jet goal (782 excluding the Canadian A220), but others said Airbus could still spring a surprise after workers delivered jets late on Dec 31 that had not been expected to make the cut.
Bloomberg - News - Thursday - Airbus - Aircraft
Bloomberg News reported on Thursday that Airbus had delivered more than 790 and fewer than 800 aircraft in 2018.
Shares in Airbus rebounded 3 percent on Friday after falling as much as 7.9 percent on Thursday due to doubts over deliveries and what dealers described as a possible trading error.
Airbus - Figures - Jan - Fanfare
Airbus is due to announce final figures on Jan 11, but without the fanfare...
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