After tallying a record number of airplane orders and deliveries last year, Airbus is admittedly facing a high bar in 2014.
Even as they try desperately to hang on to Boeing Co., officials in Washington state have been courting the main competitor of the aerospace giant.
Airbus, headquartered in France, is pitching its value to the U.S. economy as it takes its battle for dominance in the global airplane market onto rival Boeing’s home turf.
Airbus secured its first-ever order from Japan Airlines on Monday, in a deal that undermines Boeing’s long-held dominance of Japan’s aviation market.
The Airbus A350’s maiden flight ended with a safe landing on Friday, setting the stage for intensifying competition with U.S. rival Boeing in the long-haul wide-body aircraft market.
Boeing Co. said on Thursday that it delivered 601 planes last year, putting it on track to beat European rival Airbus as the top plane maker for the year.
Another alternative for travel to Denver, CO from Washington state is aboard Frontier Airlines. They’ve announced they are adding seasonal daily nonstop service between Bellingham and Denver, with introductory discounted fares.
Budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Wednesday said it has ordered 122 new aircraft from Boeing and 100 from Airbus in separate deals, making it the largest ever aircraft purchase in Europe, according to the airline.