Boeing leads Airbus in orders and deliveries in first quarter

Boeing once again took the informal commercial airliner order and deliveries crown from its European rival Airbus in 2015’s first quarter.

According to newly released numbers from both aerospace companies, Boeing recorded 110 net orders for new planes in the first three months of this year compared with Airbus’ 104. Net orders are the number of new orders minus order cancellations.

Chicago-based Boeing also beat Airbus in airliners delivered in the first quarter. Boeing delivered 184 aircraft in the first three months this year compared with 161 last year. Airbus produced and delivered 134 airliners in the same period compared with 141 in the first quarter of 2014.

Boeing’s production figures were aided by higher production of it 787 Dreamliner and its most popular aircraft, the 737. The 737 is assembled in Boeing’s Renton plant. The Dreamliner is built in Everett and in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Airbus’ share of total production was just 42 percent, the lowest since the first quarter of 2002.

Order activity is usually moderate in the first quarter with orders speeding up in the second quarter at the big airshows in Paris and Farnborough in England.