increased its commercial aircraft deliveries in the third quarter by 14 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, according to a report released Thursday.
The airframe manufacturer completed a total of 170 commercial deliveries in the third quarter, compared to 149 in 2012. The most-delivered commercial aircraft was the 737 Next Generation, with 112.
Despite being plagued by technical issues throughout the year, Boeing delivered 23 787s in the third quarter, up from 12 a year ago and 16 in the second quarter 2013. Most recently, Norwegian Air Shuttle was forced to take one of its 787s out of service because of an issue with the aircraft's hydraulic pump.
In contrast, with its defense business, Boeing was able to make year-over-year aircraft delivery gains despite major government budget cuts to defense spending in the U.S. and other nations. The company delivered 42 military aircraft in the third quarter, compared to 33 deliveries for the third quarter of 2012.
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