2012 – The Year of the MAX

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Boeing Ends 2011 with Record Breaking Order Announcements

Boeing ended the year with 805 bookings for net commercial aircraft orders, including a couple record-breaking deals.  They delivered 477 commercial aircraft the past year and started the new year with a bang, holding onto a strong backlog of 3,771 orders.

The popular twin-engine Boeing 777 widebody was a big winner for Boeing in 2011 with a record shattering 200 orders. The 777 combined with orders for the 787 Dreamliner solidified Boeing as a leader in the twin-engine, twin-aisle, widebody market.

The launch of the Boeing 737 MAX resulted in historic deals for Boeing — an incredible 1,000 plus orders and commitments from 15 customers.  The 737 MAX is a re-engined, fuel efficient version of the popular 737 line of aircraft using newly designed CFM LEAP-1B engines.  Southwest Airlines, an all 737 operator, will be the launch customer.

“This past year was one of the most exciting and important years in Boeing’s history,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “By placing record orders, our customers showed their confidence in our products and the quality of work performed by our employees.  Our goal in 2012 is to ensure that 787 production is stable and reliable, while maintaining focus on execution as we deliver an increasing number of airplanes across all our programs.”

“The 737 MAX, with its unmatched efficiency, will be a key part of our customers’ future fleet needs. As our current commitments become firm orders and we add even more customers, I have no doubt that 2012 will be the ‘Year of the 737 MAX’,” said Albaugh.

Boeing 2011 End of Year: Orders / Deliveries / Backlog

 

Gross Orders Net Orders Deliveries Unfilled Orders
737 625 551 372 2,365
747 7 -1 9 97
767 42 42 20 72
777 202 200 73 380
787 45 13 3 857
Total    921 805 477 3,771

 

Entering 2012 with a strong backlog, demand for Boeing commercial aircraft is driving an increase in production rates for most programs over the next two years.  The 787 Dreamliner will increase to 10 planes per month, the 777 to just over 8 aircraft per month, and in the spotlight, the popular 737 will increase to 38 per month.

A look back at 2011 for Boeing

The past year has had many important highlights, most notably the first delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways (ANA).  Today, the Boeing 787 is in commercial use and ANA is currently taking delivery of their 3rd 787 Dreamliner aircraft.  Aircraft enthusiasts around the world have been looking to ANA for their first chance to ride the 787 – the first long-haul route it will take-on is Tokyo-Haneda (HND) to Frankfurt, Germany (FRA).

On October 12, Boeing delivered their first 747-8 Freighter aircraft to Luxembourg based Cargolux.  The carrier Cargolux has ordered a total of 13 747-8 Freighters.

2011 marked the premiere and first flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental – and as we’re all familiar, 2011 was the launch of the 737 MAX program.  Other 2011 highlights include:

  • Certification on three new airplanes in one year – the 787, 747-8 Freighter, and 747-8 Intercontinental
  • Record setting 200 orders for the 777
  • Record orders for Boeing planes by dollar value set twice in one year – Emirates 777 and Southwest 737 MAX  + NG
  • 7,000th delivery for the Boeing 737 program
  • 1,000th delivery for the Boeing 767 program
  • 1,000th Boeing 777 started production
  • First South Carolina built 787 starts production
  • 787 begins six month global Dreamliner Tour
  • 787 sets world records for distance and speed

2011 was a remarkable year for Boeing.

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