With delivery of 648 airplanes, Boeing set a company record in 2013 for the most commercial airplanes delivered in a single year. The company’s unfilled commercial orders stood at 5,080 at the end of the year – also a new Boeing record.
In a statement issued here, Boeing said it had also booked 1,531 gross commercial orders in 2013, a new company record and 1,355 net commercial orders in 2013, the second-largest number in company history. ``With solid execution on our numerous production rate increases, the Boeing team performed extremely well in 2013,’’ Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said.
In 2013, three programmes set records for deliveries in single year. The 737 programme delivered 440 next-generation 737s. The 777 programme delivered 98 airplanes and the 787 programme delivered 65 Dreamliners, now flying with 16 customers around the world including India.
With higher production rates achieved in 2013, all three Boeing commercial airplane production sites in Everett and Renton, Wash and North Charleston, S.C. also delivered a record number of airplanes.
The 777X launched in November last year at the Dubai Air Show with 259 orders and commitments worth more than $95 billion at list prices. Boeing also launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, which it claims to be the most fuel-efficient jetliner in history, at the Paris Air Show in June last year.
``The year ahead will be exciting as we prepare to deliver the first 787-9, continue the design work on our newest programmes – the 737 MAX, 787-10 and 777X – while increasing our production rates on the 737. We’ll remain focused on meeting our customer commitments by delivering the best products and services,’’ Mr. Conner remarked.