After trailing rival Boeing for most of the year, Airbus’ commercial aircraft orders surged in the third-quarter, as the company logged 560 commercial aircraft orders—compared to Boeing’s 549—placing the two manufacturers in a near neck-and-neck competition for the year-to-date grand total. At the 2014 third-quarter mark, ending Sept. 30, Boeing had 1,083 orders; Airbus had 1,068. Boeing’s net commercial aircraft order count for the first three quarters was 977, ...

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