PARIS --- Boeing has taken a commanding lead over Airbus in the race for aircraft orders during the first half of the year, although both companies are expected to announce additional orders at the Farnborough air show next week.
For the six months to June 30, Boeing has said it booked 487 orders, up from 439 during the first half of 2005.
Airbus, by contrast, has booked only 117, substantially down from the 276 it booked in the year-earlier period.
For the whole of 2005, Airbus booked 1,111 orders compared to 1,029 for Boeing.
Airbus still leads in terms of deliveries, having handed over 219 aircraft to its customers (up from 189 during the first half of 2005), compared to 195 for Boeing.