PARIS (Reuters) – In 2018, European Airbus lost to Boeing, beating five consecutive years of victories against its US rival for the number of orders for jet aircraft, falling to its lowest share of the aircraft market $ 150 billion in six years, showed data Wednesday.

Airbus recorded 747 net orders in 2018, down 33% from the previous year, including 135 for the A220 airliner, taken over from the Canadian Bombardier in July. Boeing beat Airbus for the first time since 2012 with 893 net orders.

Airbus delivered 800 jets, up 11 percent, including 20 from the small A220, making Boeing the world's largest manufacturer of hovering machines in terms of manufacturing volume for a seventh consecutive year.

Although Boeing has not reached its delivery target and Airbus has already lowered this target due to tensions in the global supply chain of the sector, strong demand for jets has increased deliveries 8%, the fastest pace in six years.

Planning chief, Guillaume Faury, praised the deliveries, which set a record for the company and a "healthy order taking", with waiting lists for many new jets that are sure to keep pace with the rest of the day. stretches over 7 years.

According to insiders, the search for new cases has however been overshadowed over the past year by industrial problems, management changes and morale problems that coincide with a corruption investigation.

A burgeoning Boeing benefits from greater availability and lower costs of its 787 Dreamliner, while struggling to contain its European rival on the lucrative segment of large narrow-body jets a little over 200 seats.

The order figures underscore Airbus 'decision to take over Bombardier CSeries' light and deficient aircraft, generating 135 orders worth $ 12 billion at list price.

Without this momentum, Airbus represents only 41% of the main market on which it competes with Boeing, its lowest level since 2009.

Highlighting the pressure that Airbus has recently experienced in the large-lift widebody market, the European company was sold three times higher by Boeing for the second year in a row.

However, the company has achieved a target production rate of 10 aircraft per month for its A350 jumbo, which competes with the 787 and 777, according to company officials.

Airbus also reduced the order list for its slow-selling A380 superjumbo, officially canceling an order placed at Hong Kong Airlines four years after Reuters first announced that the airline had canceled the deal, triggering negotiations. financial.

The largest airliner in the world largely depends on Emirates in Dubai, Airbus slightly slowing its production in the hope of a future turnaround, although many airlines are currently arguing for smaller jets.

(Report by Tim Hepher, edited by Dominique Vidalon and Elaine Hardcastle)