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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Boeing Reports First Quarter Deliveries, Expands Everett

By Woodrow Bellamy III

Boeing on Thursday reported a total of 137 commercial aircraft deliveries for the first quarter of 2013, a day after opening a new expanded delivery center in Everett, Wash.

(Boeing's new Everett, Wash. delivery facility. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.)

The company delivered 102 of its 737 Next Generation aircraft in the first quarter, along with 24 total 777 deliveries, six 747s and four 767s. The first quarter delivery numbers were identical to Boeing’s 2012 first quarter deliveries, when it also delivered 137 total commercial aircraft.

Additionally, Boeing reported 44 total deliveries of defense aircraft, led by 15 new-build Apaches and nine new-build Chinook helicopters. There were also 12 F/A E/F and EA-18Gs, three F-15s, three C-17s and two P-8 aircraft delivered to military customers. That's an increase from Boeing's first quarter 2012 defense aircraft deliveries, which totaled 32 and featured no new-build Apache or Chinook deliveries. 

(Boeing employees and media at the newly expanded Everett facility. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.)

On Wednesday, Boeing opened the new 180,000-square-foot, three-story delivery center, which is about three times the size of the original Everett Delivery Center (EDC) featuring the capacity to deliver up to three aircraft simultaneously. The first aircraft scheduled for delivery from the new center is a 777 for Thai Airways later this month.

In 2012, Boeing set a record of 183 aircraft delivered from Everett, and Senior Vice President Pat Shanahan said the company is looking to break that record this year as it looks to keep up with growing customer demand. More

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