Boeing starts 2013 ahead of Airbus despite 787 freeze

CHICAGO, Fri Feb 8, 2013 — Boeing started the year ahead of its European rival Airbus, after clinching the industry’s top spot in 2012, with broadly higher orders and deliveries in January, data showed on Friday.

EADS unit Airbus said it had taken 140 orders during the month, or 121 after adjusting for cancellations, and also delivered 35 passenger jets to airline customers.

Boeing said on Thursday it had delivered 39 aircraft in January, beating Airbus despite a halt in deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner which has been grounded by battery safety concerns.

The U.S. company sold 145 aircraft between Jan. 1 and Feb. 5, the nearest comparable period for which data is available, and took no cancellations.

Both companies’ order books were unusually active for January as American Airlines won court permission to confirm large plane orders while in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Airbus fights exclusion from U.S. aerospace lobby

WASHINGTON, Wed Sep 5, 2012 – Airbus has clashed with the U.S. aerospace industry over whether it should be allowed to join its top domestic lobbying group, weeks after announcing plans to set up jet assembly in Alabama.

Boeing’s main rival says its parent, European aerospace group EADS, should be allowed to take a seat alongside flagship UK firms Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems because it has facilities in the U.S. and already employs thousands of local workers.

It plans to add 1,000 more aerospace industry jobs by assembling some of its A320 jets in Mobile, Ala., from 2016.

But it was rebuffed by the head of the Aerospace Industries Association, who said membership of the 93-year-old club was reserved for companies without foreign government ownership.

EADS is 15-percent owned by the French government and is in the throes of seeing a similar stake being acquired by Germany.

“Remember, this is the Aerospace Industry Association of America. We go back to (U.S. aviation pioneers) Orville Wright and Glenn Curtiss, who founded this almost a hundred years ago,” AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey told Reuters.

“We are here to represent the interests of the United States (industry) and we do not believe it’s appropriate for foreign governments to use AIA to lobby our own,” she added.

The U.S. units of Thales and Safran two defense companies controlled by the French state, are listed as associate members, which grants a more limited access to alerts and networking.

Boeing second-quarter commercial plane deliveries rise

CHICAGO, Thu Jul 5, 2012 – Boeing Co. said on Thursday it delivered 150 commercial planes in the second quarter, up from 118 in the same period a year ago, led by an increase for the 737 model.
The world’s second-largest plane-maker after EADS unit Airbus reported deliveries of 109 narrowbody 737 Next Generation planes, up from 94 delivered in the second quarter of 2011. So far in 2012, Boeing has delivered 208 737s.
Boeing also said it delivered 22 777 planes in the second quarter, as well as seven 747 jumbo jets, six 767s and six of the carbon-composite 787. Year to date, 287 Boeing commercial planes have been delivered.
Boeing gets paid for airplanes at delivery.
Deliveries of defense and space products came to 36 for the second quarter, Boeing added.
Boeing shares were up 0.2 percent to $74.39 in morning trading.

Airbus to open factory on rival Boeing’s U.S. turf

MOBILE, Ala., Mon Jul 2, 2012 – European plane maker Airbus confirmed on Monday it plans to build its first assembly plant in the United States, marking an aggressive foray into the world’s busiest aviation market and the home turf of rival Boeing Co.

EADS unit Airbus, the world’s largest commercial jet maker, said the Mobile, Alabama, plant would build up to 50 A320-family jets annually within two years of its 2016 opening and create 1,000 jobs.

It will be the second Airbus plant outside Europe that manufactures its most popular jet, after China.

Analysts said the move, reported by Reuters last week, could reshape the U.S. aerospace industry and boost manufacturing on the U.S. Gulf Coast. But Boeing said the move should not distract attention from controversial European subsidies received by Airbus.

The rivals are involved in the largest-ever dispute at the World Trade Organization, accusing each other of billions of dollars in illegal aircraft subsidies.

A crowd of about 1,000 industry executives and local dignitaries — including American Airlines Chief Executive Tom Horton, JetBlue Airways Corp. CEO Dave Barger and Goodrich Corp. CEO Marshall Larsen – crammed into the Mobile convention center to hear the announcement, arriving to the strains of the rock group Steve Miller Band’s 1977 hit “Jet Airliner” and rocker Tom Petty’s 1991 “Learning to Fly.”

U.S. nears sanctions phase in Airbus trade spat

, Thu Mar 29, 2012 – The United States is expected to ratchet up pressure on the European Union to end subsidies for Airbus by moving at the World Trade Organization toward retaliation on European goods, an industry official and other sources said.

“I’m hearing that the USTR will take the next step soon,” an industry official said, referring to the WTO process for obtaining permission to retaliate, referring to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

An EU plan in December for ending subsidies declared illegal by the WTO had failed to satisfy either Boeing or the U.S. government, the official and other sources said.

The next step in the process is for the United States to ask the WTO for a “compliance panel” to assess whether European governments had ended their illegal subsidies.

That could lead to U.S. sanctions on exports from Britain, France, Germany, Spain and potentially other European nations if the WTO panel agrees the steps taken to end Airbus subsidies have been inadequate.

Washington has already said it could seek as much $7 billion to $10 billion in sanctions. The process of obtaining WTO permission could take 6 months to a year and the amount approved could be less than requested.

Many analysts expect the two sides to reach a negotiated settlement before any sanctions are imposed.