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Airbus Outsells Boeing

The world's largest maker of jetliners, Airbus, says it sold more planes than rival Boeing last year.

Tuesday's announcement surprised some analysts who thought Boeing might regain the sales lead.

Airbus says it has firm orders for a record 1055 planes, while Boeing has orders for 1002, which is a record for the company.

Boeing's orders include more wide-body planes, so at list prices, its orders are worth somewhat more than Airbus.

Orders for jetliners soared in 2005, as Asian airlines expanded their fleets to meet growing demand, and other airlines sought new, more fuel-efficient planes to cope with high oil costs.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.