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Airbus may have beaten 2009 order goal

Airbus will announce Tuesday that it exceeded its target of 300 new orders in 2009, reaching 311 airplanes, according to French newspaper Les Echos. It also will report record deliveries in 2009, which won’t be exceeded in 2010 or 2011, the newspaper said.

Airbus is expected to report its 2009 orders and deliveries in a news conference Tuesday.

The reported 311 orders taken last year is the lowest since 2002. For the first time since then, its order backlog also began to decline last year.

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