Boeing claims strongest-ever year for deliveries in 2017

Boeing claims strongest-ever year for deliveries in 2017

Boeing delivered more commercial aircraft than any manufacturer for the sixth consecutive year in 2017.

The US manufacturer claimed an industry record with 763 deliveries during the year, driven by high output of 737 and 787 jets.

At the same time, the company grew its backlog with 912 net orders, reflecting healthy demand for its single-aisle and twin-aisle aircraft.

A total of 71 customers placed the 912 orders, valued at $134.8 billion at list prices.

The total extends Boeing’s backlog to a record 5,864 aircraft -equal to about seven years of production.

Boeing reached raised production to 47 short haul 737 aircraft a month during the year and began delivering the new 737 MAX, contributing to a record 529 deliveries, including 74 of the MAX version.

The company continued building 787 Dreamliners at the highest production rate for a twin-aisle jet, leading to 136 deliveries for the year.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister said: “The record-setting performance is a testament to our employees and supplier partners who continue to innovate new ways to design, build and deliver the most fuel-efficient airplanes to customers around the world.

“The strong sales activity reflects continuing strong demand for the 737 MAX family, including the ultra-efficient MAX 10 variant that we launched last year, and the market’s increasing preference for Boeing’s family of twin-aisle jets.

“Our planned production increases over the coming years are designed to satisfy this robust demand.”

The 787 attracted nearly 100 net orders and the 777 captured 60.

Other highlights included the first flights of the 737 MAX 9 and the 787-10 Dreamliner and the start of production of the 737 MAX 7 and the new 777X.

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