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Airbus sold 222 jets in November, poised to win order race

DUBAI, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Airbus booked orders for 222 aircraft in November, driven mainly by the Dubai Airshow, and formally recognised a cut in orders for the soon-to-be-axed A380 superjumbo following a major fleet review by Dubai's Emirates, company data showed on Thursday.

It also delivered 77 aircraft in November to reach 725 for the year so far, leaving it 135 planes to deliver in December in order to reach a recently reduced full-year target of 860 jets.

Emirates ordered 50 A350-900 jets at last month's air show as part of a fleet shake-up that also saw the world's largest wide-body operator relinquish an order for A380s and reduce its requirement for Boeing 777X jets, while adding the Boeing 787.

Airbus sold a total of 940 jets in January-November, or 718 after cancellations, leaving it well ahead of Boeing, whose year has been derailed by the grounding of the 737 MAX. In the latest period for which data is available, Boeing sold 180 jets in the first nine months or 45 after cancellations.

The latest figures were released days after Airbus won a sale of 50 A321XLR jets to United Airlines. (Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Giles Elgood)