Boeing delivers 601 commercial airplanes in 2012, has record orders on the books

 

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Boeing delivered 601 commercial airplanes — the most since 1999 — and took net orders for 1,203 more during 2012, the company reported Thursday.

It’s the second-largest number of orders the company has taken in a single year in its history, the company said.

Boeing now has a record 4,373 unfilled commercial airplane orders on its books, it said.

During the year, Boeing increased deliveries by 26 percent, to “put more airplanes into the hands of our customers,” Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement.

The 737 program set a record for the most orders of any Boeing model in a single year. The company took 1,124 net orders for the 737 single-aisle airplane, including 914 for the fuel-efficient 737 MAX, an upgrade of the 737, which will have new engines.

In 2012, Boeing delivered 415 commercial 737 Next Generation airliners; 31 747s; 26 767s; 83 777s; and 46 787s.

Wichita’s Spirit AeroSystems builds portions of all Boeing commercial airliners, including the 737′s fuselage.