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Airbus beats Boeing in 2019 aircraft deliveries with new record output

Airbus SE's commercial aircraft deliveries rose to 863 in 2019 from 800 in 2018, setting a new company record in annual output and beating its troubled U.S. rival, Boeing Co.

The European aircraft maker said the deliveries included 173 wide-body jets, the highest number in a single year.

Airbus also delivered 642 narrow-body A320 airplanes, including 551 from the NEO family. Deliveries of the A220, A330 and A350 jets rose to 48, 53 and 112, respectively.

Meanwhile, A380 deliveries declined to eight jets in 2019 from 12 in the previous year.

Airbus received 1,131 new orders in 2019, while its net orders for the year grew to 768 from 747 in 2018. It also obtained 363 order cancellations due to "specific airline situations" and its decision to end the production of the A380 aircraft.

Boeing has yet to report its full-year figures for commercial aircraft deliveries amid the continued global grounding of its 737 MAX jets following two fatal crashes in October 2018 and March 2019.

Boeing delivered 345 aircraft from January 2019 to November 2019, a significant decline from 806 deliveries in the entire 2018.

New Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun officially took over Jan. 13, saying his "primary focus" would be achieving the safe return of the 737 MAX jets to commercial service.

Calhoun also said Boeing would "keep taking steps" to maintain its supply chain and workforce in a bid to restart aircraft production and increase the output rate.