Friday, December 28, 2012
Boeing Reports Strong Airplane Sales for 2012
Boeing will finish 2012 well ahead of competitor Airbus in terms of airplane sales, largely because of the success of its 737 MAX aircraft. Through the third week of December, the airframe manufacturer had a total of 1,115 orders, 1,047 of which were for 737s.
Additionally, Boeing delivered a total of 537 planes in 2012, with American Airlines and Southwest Airlines taking the most deliveries with a total of 25 each.
Lion Air was the biggest Boeing customer in 2012, ordering a total of 230 of the 737 family aircraft and five 787 Dreamliners.
2012 was also a year of changes for Boeing, as the company appointed Raymond Conner as the new chief executive for its commercial aircraft unit to replace the retired Jim Albaugh. Additionally, the company announced new manufacturing techniques that will enable its engineers to produce 10 Dreamliners per month beginning in 2013.
Total sales, orders and deliveries numbers are announced in January.