Boeing delivered 806 commercial jets in 2018 with a record-setting fourth quarter surpassing its 2017 record of 763 deliveries
Not only did Boeing set an annual record of 806 deliveries in 2018, it also grew its significant book order with 893 net orders, including 203 airplane sales in December. With the 69 737 jets delivered in December 2018, Boeing surpassed the 2017 record of 763 deliveries.
“Boeing raised the bar again in 2018 thanks to our teammates’ incredible focus on meeting customer commitments, and continuously improving quality and productivity,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO, Kevin McAllister. “In a dynamic year, our production discipline and our supplier partners helped us build and deliver more airplanes than ever before to satisfy the strong demand for air travel across the globe.”
Boeing increased the production of the 737’s in the middle of 2018 considering its 7-year order backlog. Nearly half of the total 580 737 jets delivered belonged to the more fuel-efficient and longer-range MAX family. Boeing also continued to build the 787 Dreamliner at the highest rate of production. Deliveries of various 777, 767 and 747-8 models rounded out the total of 806 airplanes for the year. 767 deliveries include the transfer of 10 767-2C aircraft to Boeing Defence, Space & Security for the U.S. Air Force KC-46 tanker program
In regards to orders, Boeing achieved tremendous success across its airplane portfolio with 893 net orders valued at USD 143.7 billion according to list prices. While growing the order backlog for nearly every program, the company showed particular strength in the twin-aisle category with 218 widebody orders last year.
The 777 family also witnessed continued sales with 51 net orders in 2018, driven by sales of the 777 Freighter to DHL Express, FedEx Express, ANA Cargo, Qatar Airways and other major freight operators. With additional sales in December, the 777 program exceeded 2,000 orders since its launch. The 737 MAX family also achieved a major sales milestone in December, surpassing 5,000 net orders with 181 new sales during December.
“We are honoured that customers around the world continued to vote for the unmatched capabilities of Boeing’s airplane and services portfolio. In addition to the ongoing demand for the 737 MAX, we saw strong sales for every one of our twin-aisle airplanes in a ringing endorsement of their market-leading performance and efficiency,” said senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing, Boeing, Ihssane Mounir.
“More broadly, another year of healthy jet orders continues to support our long-term forecast for robust global demand that will see the commercial airplane fleet double in 20 years,” he added.