On Track For 445 Planes Out The Door For Year
Efforts by Boeing to increase the
rate it can build planes, and send them out the door to waiting
customers, appear to be paying off. In the second quarter of 2007,
Boeing delivered 114 commercial planes, increasing its year-to-date
tally to 220 airliners.
Reuters reports the figure is an 18 percent increase compared to
the same period in 2006, when Boeing delivered 97 planes. The YTD
total for 2007 is 25 aircraft more than the same timeframe last
Over on the orders side, Boeing lays claim to 544 firm orders
for the year, with 228 of those commitments coming in the second
That isn't quite as many as rival Airbus may lay claim to,
however. The European planemaker collected 425 firm orders at the
Paris Air Show, building on the 201 orders it claimed at the end of
May. The exact total for Airbus will be revealed next week, when
the planemaker updates its online order book.
In any event, 2007 looks to be another healthy year for new
airliner orders, if not a record one. Boeing is on pace to exceed
the 1,044 orders it was able to claim for 2006, although it remains
to be seen whether Boeing will be able to maintain that pace down
the later stretch of the orders race.
As ANN reported, Boeing
surpassed Airbus in orders in 2006, for the first time in five
years. The European manufacturer retained its title as world's
largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, however, by delivering
434 aircraft for 2006 -- 36 more than Boeing was able to
Boeing has taken steps to ramp up production, in large part to
meet demand for its hot-selling 787 Dreamliner, and erstwhile 737
narrowbody. With Airbus preparing to bring more factories online to
produce its popular A320 Family, however, it's likely both the
orders and deliveries races for 2007 will be tight.