Airbus sets delivery record in 2008, but cautions on 2009 results

For the first time in six years, Airbus says its orders will be lower than its deliveries in 2009. CEO Tom Enders said the company booked a net 777 orders last year valued at roughly $100 billion. Deliveries hit a record 483, outpacing Boeing Co.'s 375 deliveries. Though Enders said it would be "nonsense to give a precise number" of orders for this year, given the current economic uncertainty, he cautioned that demand could fall by up to half compared with 2008 levels.

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