Airbus wins 2017 order race after last-minute sales spree

By Tim Hepher and Cyril AltmeyerPARIS (Reuters) - Frenetic selling in the closing weeks of 2017 saw Airbus overhaul Boeing's recent lead in the global jet market to win their annual order contest for the fifth year running, but doubts remain over the future of its flagship A380.The European planemaker said on Monday net orders after cancellations rose 52 percent to 1,109 aircraft in 2017, placing it ahead of Boeing's 912 net orders.

Airbus posted 1,229 gross or unadjusted orders compared with Boeing's 1,053.Airbus confirmed it had met its core.

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