On Thursday, Airbus reported it had logged 601 new jet orders in June, bringing its net order tally through the first six months of 2011 to 640. Boeing, which added 20 new orders to its books in the last week, has 171 net orders for the first half of the year.
Airbus got a huge boost from sales of its A320 new engine option, or neo, at the Paris Air Show last month. Airbus says its upgraded single-aisle jet will save customers 15 percent on fuel costs compared to the existing A320. Of Airbus' 640 net requests, 618 are for the A320 series.
The European jet maker also removed unfilled orders from its books valued at nearly $6 billion, from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise. The leasing firm had placed requests for roughly 200 jets with Airbus and Boeing in 2007. However, DAE already had canceled some of those orders.
Boeing still lists 56 orders from DAE on its backlog.
The Chicago-based company added 20 new orders before the end of June, including 14 737s and six 777s. The orders were attributed to an unidentified customer.
Through the end of June, Boeing's 737 had the most orders out of its jet family with 104 net requests. The Everett-built 777 had 70 orders, followed by the 767 with 13 and the 747 with four. However, Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner remained in the negative through the first half of 2011 with 20 cancellations and no new requests.
Airbus also leads Boeing in terms of jet deliveries in 2011. Airbus delivered 258 jets through the end of June. Boeing handed over 118 aircraft in the second quarter and 222 jets total this year.
Deliveries of single-aisle aircraft led the way for both companies. Airbus delivered 202 A320 aircraft while Boeing delivered 181 737s.
Boeing's stock closed at $75.99 on Thursday, up $1.25.