Airbus on Friday reported an unenviable order book through the end of February, as no new orders came through for the month and cancellations on 10 orders drove its year-to-date order total into the red by eight aircraft.
The Boeing Co.’s most recent report shows 50 net orders through Feb. 21.
Airbus’ review for February did note month-over-month improvement on deliveries, as it handed over 49 commercial aircraft last month.
That was up from the 25 deliveries it reported in January.
Deliveries are key to the bottom line for manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus as they are the point at which the bulk of payment is made for an aircraft.
On the order side, Airbus also started slow last year during the industry’s typically quiet first quarter with just 10 net orders during the first three months of 2016.
The company ended the year, however, with 731 net orders to best Boeing’s total of 668.
Boeing, conversely, won the 2016 delivery crown by handing over 748 aircraft compared to company-best total of 688 by Airbus.
Airbus expects the jetliner industry to book almost 30 percent fewer net orders in 2017, but to maintain a slow increase in deliveries, its sales chief said on Monday.
John Leahy, chief operating officer for customers at the world’s second-largest jet producer behind Boeing , said he expected the industry would book over 1,000 net orders in 2017 compared with around 1,400 in 2016.
He did not say how this would translate into orders for Airbus, which has not issued a forecast for new commercial business this year.