The two largest international air shows, Farnborough and Paris, always boil down to one question: which of the two biggest commercial OEMs ends the week with the fattest order book? Le Bourget 2015 was no different, but there was a distinctly mellow feel to this show as Airbus and Boeing’s record backlogs inevitably started to pinch the sales.

In the end, there comes a point when airliner orders have to dovetail with the production capacities of the manufacturers. So the theme at this show was execution, with Airbus and Boeing both spelling out their confidence in being able to deliver all-time high production ramp-ups, especially in the frenzied narrowbody market.

Nevertheless, there was still some order book strutting on the last show trade day. Airbus claimed victory over rival Boeing with orders and commitments totaling 421 aircraft, but Boeing’s 331 commercial airplane sales included a far larger number of higher value widebodies (see table).

A last-minute deal with Budapest-based low-cost carrier Wizz Air, a fast growing airline that signed for 110 A321neos plus 90 purchase options, brought Airbus’ total commercial aircraft firm orders and commitments to 421 aircraft at a list price value of $57 billion. The total comprised 124 firm orders worth $16.3 billion and 287 commitments valued at $40.7 billion.

Airline and leasing customers for Airbus aircraft included ALC, GCAS, Garuda Indonesia, EVA Airways, Korean Air, Peach, Saudia, VietJet Air, Wizz Air and Avianca owner Synergy Aerospace. There was also an A320neo order announced by one unnamed airline, which Airbus said was in Asia and would be revealed and the agreement placed in the order book in July or August.

The large majority of the Airbus deals were for A320 family aircraft, a mix of ceos and neos that comprised 103 firm orders and 263 commitments. The order total also included one ACJ319neo, an executive version of the neo.

But on the widebody side, there were no A380 order announcements and only one firm A350 XWB order.

And while Saudi Arabian was announced as launch customer for the new A330-300 Regional, there were no new orders or commitments for the re-engined A330neo that was launched in July at the Farnborough Airshow.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes clocked orders and commitments for 331 aircraft at a list value of $50.2 billion, including a deal for 21 737NGs to an undisclosed customer. Boeing’s Paris total included 36 787s, 10 777Xs, two 777-300ERs, nine 777Fs and 20 747-8Fs as well as 253 narrowbodies, a mix of 737NGs and 737 MAXs.

Boeing customers included Aer Cap, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air, Minsheng, Ruili Airlines, Qatar Airways, SMBC, Sriwijaya Air and Volga-Dnepr.

Interestingly, the rival OEMs ended the week at a draw on all-new firm orders to identified customers announced, with 124 aircraft each.

Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier told the press the company had “a very successful Paris Air Show” and that the number of orders and commitments was “higher than I personally expected.”

He said the show confirmed that the market trends were “extremely positive” and Airbus would meet or over-achieve its goals for 2015. “We are leading this show again in terms of order and commitments,” he said.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes VP marketing Randy Tinseth was similarly bullish about how the air show had worked for Boeing and what it meant for the overall market, although he admitted this Paris was not about the kind of “eye popping numbers” that have been the theme of recent air shows.

Still, it had still been a productive week. “Any time you look at a show where you have more than 300 orders and commitments, then that’s a very good show,” he said. Tinseth said the 777 was outselling the A350-1000 “by about five to one at this point” and that Boeing’s widebody backlog “speaks to our product line and speaks to the fact that we have the better strategy.”

Tinseth added, “We are out in front of our competition and we have no plans to relinquish our number one position.”

Summing up what he felt the theme of this show had been—with both Airbus and Boeing sitting on record backlogs—Tinseth said, “This show is about how you deliver those airplanes and how you do that on time and on budget. That’s critical. It’s about performance right now.”

Meanwhile, a sleeker, energized Bombardier debuted its new management team, a revamped marketing strategy and, most important of all, displayed and flew the CSeries aircraft. No new sales for the CSeries were announced, but Bombardier showed it was ready to fight hard for its foray into the narrowbody airliner market, which—following multiple delays—is now expected to enter revenue service with Swiss International Air Lines in mid-2016 following the CS100’