Marks The Second Record Year In A Row
Boeing recorded 1,044 net commercial airplane orders during
2006, and for the second year in a row set a Boeing record for
total orders in a single year.
The 2006 total surpasses the previous Boeing record of 1,002 net
orders in 2005. Gross orders in 2006, which exclude cancellations
and conversions, totaled 1,050. Boeing recorded 1,029 gross orders
"2006 was another outstanding year for our customers and for
Boeing," said Scott Carson, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president
and chief executive officer. "Beyond the order totals, we are very
excited about the breadth and depth of our 2006 order book. We have
secured significant orders from customers around the globe and
across our product line as we continue to build a strong,
For the second consecutive year, the 737 program achieved a
record with net orders of 729 airplanes. The previous record total
for the 737 program was 569 in 2005.
Boeing also had a strong year across the board in twin-aisle
commercial airplanes: 157 orders for the 787 Dreamliner program, 76
orders for 777s, 10 orders for 767S, and 72 orders for 747s -- the
highest total for the 747 program since 1990 and fifth highest in
the history of the program.
Among the orders finalized since the Dec 21, 2006, update were a
25-airplane order of 737s, 777s, and 747s for Korean Air; six 737s
for Xiamen Airlines; 10 787s for Jet Airways; 60 737s for Air
Berlin; 10 737s for Delta Airlines; and a number of additional
orders from unidentified customers.
In 2006, 76 different customers ordered Boeing airplanes,
including passenger airlines, cargo carriers, leasing companies,
and private customers.
"The strong orders for the past two years are a validation of
our strategy of focusing on our customers, simplifying our product
and services offerings and transforming our production system,"
Carson said. "We're bringing the right products and services to the
market at the right time, and we remain intensely focused on our
customers, on delivering on our promises and on addressing the
needs of the marketplace."
Among other notable highlights for Boeing Commercial Airplanes
- The 787 program saw all factories begin part production, and
the on-time start of major assembly; the Large Cargo Freighter made
its first flight and commenced flight testing; and the 787 program
celebrated its "virtual rollout"
- The 747-8 Freighter reached firm configuration, and Lufthansa
became the first airline to order the Intercontinental passenger
version, capping off the strongest order year for the 747 since
- A moving line for 777 final assembly was implemented; the 777
Freighter reached firm configuration; Pakistan International
Airways took delivery of the first 777-200LR -- the world's
longest-range airliner; and Singapore Airlines took delivery of the
- In addition to the 10 orders for commercial aviation customers,
the 767 program achieved several major milestones with the
airplanes it is providing Boeing Integrated Defense Systems for
modification into refueling tankers for Italy and Japan
- Boeing's services business continued to expand through internal
growth and strategic acquisitions, such as Aviall and Carmen
Systems. Freighter conversions totaled 42 redeliveries in 2006
- The Next-Generation 737-900ER flew for the first time; the
first Next Generation 737-700ER entered final assembly; and the
5,000th 737 and 2,000th Next-Generation 737 were delivered
- Boeing Business Jets launched the BBJ3 and began offering VIP
widebody airplanes, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the BBJ and
accepted delivery of the 100th "green" airplane
Now Boeing and the
rest of the market will wait for Airbus to publish its totals for
the year. As of the end of November -- the last update to its order
list -- Airbus still trails Boeing with 635 orders for 2006.
No doubt the company has been pushing hard to close that gap before
In fact, the Wall Street Journal is reporting Airbus is set to
announce a "major order" on Monday. Could it be the wily Europeans
are planning a January surprise as they did last year?
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...