Airbus and Boeing both saw significant new aircraft order placements in June, representing approximately $53 billion in combined new business. The rival manufacturers delivered nearly the same number of new aircraft to their respective commercial airline and lessor customers, at about 80 aircraft each.

For Airbus, June’s orders quadrupled its May bookings, as 100 new aircraft were ordered from four airlines and three unidentified customers, valued at about $20.6 billion. Airbus’ biggest June order came from Turkish Airlines, which ordered 25 A350-900 XWBs, valued at about $7.9 billion at list prices, representing Turkish’s first order of the widebody model type. An additional 10 A350-900s were ordered by an undisclosed customer, a $3.2 billion sale.

Aegean Airlines also made a major commitment with a June 26 order for 30 A320neo family aircraft, valued at about $3.5 billion, the Greek airline’s first foray into Airbus’ neo family aircraft. Airbus made its first A330-900neo sale of the year June 4 with an order for 10 of the new engine option (neo) variant of the A330 widebody type from an undisclosed customer.

Boeing firmed orders for a combined 232 new commercial aircraft from five unidentified customers, one identified airline customer (FedEx Express) and Boeing Capital Corporation, the manufacturer’s lending, leasing and financing subsidiary. Boeing’s June orders totaled approximately $32.6 billion in new sales; 200 737 MAX aircraft were ordered during the month.

FedEx Express placed an order for 20 new freighters on June 18 (11 767-300Fs and nine 777Fs), valued at about $5.3 billion. An additional 12 freighters were order by two separate unidentified customers (two 767-300Fs and 10 777Fs), generating another $3.8 billion in sales.

Airbus edged Boeing for June commercial aircraft deliveries with 80 compared to Boeing’s 79; Airbus said it was a record month for deliveries. Irish lessor Aercap took eight A320neo family aircraft, including four A321neos bound for China Southern Airlines. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines received six new aircraft (five A321ceos and an A350-900); UK-based LCC easyJet took three A320ceos and two A320neos; and Hungary’s Wizz Air received four A320ceo family aircraft.

In addition to Delta, six other airlines took delivery of Airbus’ A350 XWB aircraft during the month, including Cathay Pacific’s first A350-1000 and Iberia’s first A350-900. Airbus said its delivery of eight A350s kept the Toulouse-based manufacturer on track to reach its production target rate of 10 A350 XWBs per month by year-end 2018.

Boeing’s biggest delivery customer of the month was Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, which received five 737-800s and one 737 MAX (variant unspecified). US lessor Air Lease Corp. took delivery of three 737 MAX family aircraft and two 787-9s; and four new aircraft each were delivered to Air Canada (all 737 MAX family) and China Southern Airlines (two 737-800s and two 787-9s).

Year-to-date—minus deliveries to military, government, private or business jet customers—Boeing has delivered 367 aircraft, compared to Airbus’ 301.

Mark Nensel