It is shaping up as a banner year for Airbus and Boeing with commercial aircraft orders rolling in from airlines and lessors worldwide. Both expected a strong year, but demand in 2013 is far exceeding expectations the manufacturers had at the year’s start. Through the first three quarters, both companies have already breached the 1,000-gross-orders mark, a barrier not achieved in most full years.  A side-by-side comparison of orders through Sept. 30 reveals that Airbus is a ...

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