European plane maker Airbus on Wednesday said it delivered a record 688 jetliners and took orders for 731 in 2016.Detailing its year-end figures on Jan. 11, Airbus said it ended the year with a book-to-bill ratio of above one and a “healthy” backlog of 6,874 aircraft, valued at $1,018 billion at list prices.

Airbus says it took gross orders for 949 jets. Boeing’s gross order total for 2016 reached 848 aircrafts. The Airbus net order total comprised 41 A350s, 83 A330s, among them 42 A330neos, and 607 single-aisle types. “We delivered on our objectives in a challenging environment, proving our ramp-up readiness for the future,” Airbus Commercial Aircraft President and Airbus COO Fabrice Brégier said. Bregier said Airbus’ strategic priorities are to boost deliveries, push ahead with digital innovation and extend the manufacturer’s global support presence.

However, a December sales flurry by both Airbus and Boeing failed to prevent the combined book-to-bill ratio of the two giants dipping below one for the first time since 2009, placing a dent in record industry ordeIn 2016, Airbus flew the A350-1000 for the first time, started to deliver both A320neo engine variants, certified the Pratt & Whitney-powered A321neo, the A330neo entered final assembly and the European airframer delivered its first A330 regional. The first US-assembled aircraft, an A321, was also delivered from Mobile, Alabama and construction began on its Chinese A330 Completion and Delivery Centre.

In 2016, Airbus flew the A350-1000 for the first time, started to deliver both A320neo engine variants, certified the Pratt & Whitney-powered A321neo, the A330neo entered final assembly and the European airframe delivered its first A330 regional. The first US-assembled aircraft, an A321, was also delivered from Mobile, Alabama and construction began on its Chinese A330 Completion and Delivery Centre.