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Boeing: new airplane delivery records

737 MAX family surpassed 5,000 orders; 777 exceeded 2,000 ones -VIDEO

Won nearly 900 net orders valued at $143.7 billion after finalizing more than 200 ones in December

Boeing delivered 69 B-737 airplanes in December and set a new annual record of 806 deliveries in 2018, surpassing its previous record of 763 ones in 2017. Even as the industry delivered more jetliners, the company again grew its significant order book with 893 net orders, including 203 airplane sales in December.

With a seven-year order backlog, Boeing increased production of the popular 737 in the middle of 2018 to 52 airplanes per month. Nearly half of the year's 580 B-737 deliveries were from the fuel-efficient and longer-range MAX family, including the first MAX 9 airplanes.

At the same time, the firm continued to build the 787 Dreamliner at the highest production rate for a twin-aisle airplane to support high demand for the efficient jet. The Dreamliner program finished with 145 deliveries for the year.

Deliveries of various 777, 767 and 747/8 models rounded out the total of 806 airplanes for the year. 767 deliveries include the transfer of 10 B-767/2C airplanes to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the US Air Force KC-46 tanker program.

On the orders front, the US giant achieved sales success across its airplane portfolio with 893 net orders valued at $143.7 billion according to list prices. While growing the order backlog for nearly every program, the company showed particular strength in the twin-aisle category with 218 widebody orders last year.

The 787 Dreamliner extended its status as the fastest-selling twin-aisle jet in history with 109 orders last year or about 1,400 since the program launched. Highlights include Hawaiian Airlines switching from the A-330 to the 787 and Turkish Airlines becoming a new customer. American Airlines and United Airlines added to the growing list of repeat Dreamliner purchases with 47 and 13 additional jets respectively.

The 777 family continued its steady sales momentum with 51 net orders in 2018, driven by sales of the 777 Freighter to DHL Express, FedEx Express, ANA Cargo, Qatar Airways and other major freight operators. With additional sales in December, the 777 program exceeded 2,000 orders since its launch.

The 737 MAX family also achieved a major sales milestone in December, surpassing 5,000 net orders with 181 new sales during December. For the full year, the 737 program achieved 675 net orders, including sales to 13 new customers.

Below, a video features other major Commercial Airplanes milestones from 2018.

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