Boeing sets new airplane delivery records on orders and delivers for 2018. Boeing recorded 806 commercial aircraft deliveries, while Airbus delivered 800 commercial aircraft in 2018.
Boeing delivered 69 737 airplanes in December and set a new annual record of 806 deliveries in 2018, surpassing its previous record of 763 deliveries in 2017. It also recorded order book with 893 net orders valued at $143.7 billion according to list prices, including 203 airplane sales in December.
With a seven-year order backlog, Boeing increased production of the popular 737 in the middle of 2018 to 52 airplanes per month. Nearly half of the year’s 580 737 deliveries were from the more fuel-efficient and longer-range MAX family, including the first MAX 9 airplanes.
The 787 Dreamliner program finished with 109 orders and 145 deliveries for the year.
Deliveries of various 777, 767 and 747-8 models rounded out the total of 806 airplanes for the year.
Highlights include Hawaiian Airlines switching from the Airbus A330 to the 787 and Turkish Airlines becoming a new customer. American Airlines and United Airlines added to the growing list of repeat Dreamliner purchases with 47 and 13 additional jets respectively.
The 777 family continued its steady sales momentum with 51 net orders in 2018, and the 777 program exceeded 2,000 orders since its launch.
The 737 MAX family, surpassing 5,000 net orders with 181 new sales during December. For the full year, the 737 program achieved 675 net orders, including sales to 13 new customers.