It's A Record!
Boeing confirmed Thursday what the numbers had suggested
throughout the year: that 2005 was a very good year for the
American aerospace manufacturer.
Sources tell Aero-News Boeing recorded 1,002 net commercial
airplane orders during 2005, setting a new Boeing record for total
orders in a single year. The 2005 total surpasses the previous
Boeing record of 877 net orders in 1988, which includes both Boeing
and then-McDonnell Douglas totals; the companies merged in
In comparison, Boeing posted 272 net orders for commercial
airplanes in 2004.
"Clearly, 2005 was an incredible year for our customers and for
Boeing," said Alan Mulally, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president
and chief executive officer. "We continued to stay focused on
bringing efficiency and value to the airlines of the world through
world-class services and airplanes that fly passengers how they
want to fly -- point-to-point, nonstop, with more frequencies and
Gross orders in 2005, which exclude cancellations and
conversions, totaled 1,029.
Three airplane programs -- the 737, 777 and 787 programs -- also
achieved individual records with net orders of 569 for 737s, 154
for 777s and 235 for 787s. Previous record totals for these
programs were 438 737s in 1996, 116 777s in 2000, and 56 787s in
The 747 and 767 programs also had a successful sales year, with
43 and 15 net new orders, respectively.
More than 72 different customers ordered Boeing airplanes in
2005, according to representatives with the Chicago-based company
-- from passenger airlines, cargo carriers, leasing companies and
private customers. The 2005 totals include 28 aircraft from
customers who wish to remain unidentified as of Jan. 4, 2006.
"We also solidified the transformation of our product line, and
the market validated our strategy with every order during the
year," said Mulally. "Our new portfolio of airplanes from 100 to
450 seats, combined with our global support services, put us in a
great position for the long term."
"We look forward to 2006 and continuing to meet our commitments
to our customers," Mulally said.