A new wave of layoffs are expected at Boeing in the USA as European rival Airbus clocked up a greater number of orders in 2016.
A leaked Boeing internal memo quoted by the Reuters news agency, announced plans for involuntary layoffs from its engineers and voluntary layoffs in other divisions. No actual numbers were disclosed.
Airbus posted 731 orders for 2016, ahead of Boeing's 668 net aircraft orders last year. Airbus has outstripped Boeing in orders delivered since 2012, and in eight of the last nine years.
During December, Airbus recorded 320 net orders with substantial deals from India's Go Airlines and Iran Air.
Boeing's figure however didn't include the 80 aircraft it plans to sell to Iran, as business restrictions are eased as part of the nuclear agreement. Boeing's goal was for 2016 orders to match deliveries, which totalled 748 last year vs. 762 in 2015.
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