When Boeing (NYSE: BA) touched down in Paris for this week's air show, no one was expecting it to score a knockout. As one commenter on our boards was quick to point out, "EADS is notorious for scheduling order announcements around big shows such as the Paris Air Show; therefore, it is almost a given that Airbus will be ahead of Boeing after the airshow."

So far, so expected. Twenty-four hours into the show, our scorecard shows EADS/Airbus with a commanding lead over Boeing. The A320neo airliner is a hit, helping Airbus secure a staggering $14.4 billion in plane sales (and helping out United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) as well, maker of the neo's new engine).

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But Boeing's not going down without a fight. Yes, Airbus is stealing the show, selling dozens of single-aisle planes to buyers including SAS and General Electric (NYSE: GE), with more deals expected out of Air Lease (NYSE: AL), Qatar Airways, and IndiGo. But Boeing has landed some punches as well, inking deals for the 787, 777, 747-8, and outselling Airbus on the high end. Meanwhile, Airbus suffered a couple unforced errors when its monstrous A380 airliner proved less than nimble on the tarmac, getting into a fender bender early in the show, and the EADS A400M military transport ran into technical difficulties with its gearbox.

Can Boeing maintain momentum and capitalize on EADS/Airbus' mistakes? Add Boeing to your Fool watchlist to keep abreast of all major developments at the Paris Air Show.

Fool contributor Rich Smith has no position in any company named above, but the Motley Fool owns shares of Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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