Aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing has confirmed it booked 805 net commercial airplane orders in 2011, fuelled by a late flurry of record-breaking deals.
The company also delivered 477 airplanes, ending the year with a strong backlog of 3,771 unfilled commercial orders.
“This past year was one of the most exciting and important years in Boeing’s history,” said Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“By placing record orders, our customers showed their confidence in our products and the quality of work performed by our employees.
“Our goal in 2012 is to ensure that 787 production is stable and reliable, while maintaining focus on execution as we deliver an increasing number of airplanes across all our programs.”
The 777 once again led Boeing’s twin-aisle programs by setting a new record for orders in a single year at 200, solidifying the company’s lead in the widebody segment of the market.
Meanwhile, the launch of the 737 MAX spurred historic deals that resulted in more than 1,000 orders and commitments to date from 15 customers.
“The 737 MAX, with its unmatched efficiency, will be a key part of our customers’ future fleet needs.
“As our current commitments become firm orders and we add even more customers, I have no doubt that 2012 will be the ‘Year of the 737 MAX’,” added Albaugh.
On top of a strong backlog, the growing demand for Boeing airplanes is driving production rate increases across most of our airplane programs over the next two years.
Most notably, 737 will increase production to 38 airplanes per month (35 per month rate begins this month), 777 to 8.3 airplanes per month (currently at 7 per month), and 787 to 10 airplanes per month (currently at 2.5 per month).