Jim McNerney, the chief executive of Boeing has said the plane maker will outsell rival Airbus for "a number of years" having been the second-largest to the pan-European giant for nearly a decade, The Independent has reported. "I think we will, in all likelihood, pull slightly ahead of them [Airbus], either this year or next... But, you know, over the years we've been ahead sometimes; they've been ahead recently. And I think there's a good chance that we will pull ahead for a number of years," McNerney said. However, he conceded that Boeing and Airbus's duopoly in the $100bn-a-year aircraft market could be broken by the Chinese as soon as 2017.