Concluding a hugely successful 2018, Boeing has set a new annual record of 806 deliveries for the year, which surpassed its previous record of 763 deliveries in 2017. A total of 69 737 aircraft were delivered in December 2018 alone.
In addition to achieving a new record in deliveries, the company also managed to grow its order book for 2018, recording 893 net orders that included 203 sales in December and equated to a total value of $143.7bn according to list prices. Holding a seven-year order backlog, Boeing reported a spike within the twin-aisle category with 218 widebody orders for 2018.
Breaking down net orders by aircraft variant, the 787 Dreamliner secured 109 orders over the last year, while the 777 family secured 51 net orders by key players within the air cargo transport space.
After securing 181 new sales in December alone, the 737 MAX Family surpassed a key milestone of net orders rising above 5,000. Over the course of 2018, the 737 programme reportedly achieved 675 net orders that include sales to 13 brand new customers.
Kevin McAllister, CEO and Commercial Airplanes President of Boeing, said: “Boeing raised the bar again in 2018 thanks to our teammates’ incredible focus on meeting customer commitments, and continuously improving quality and productivity.
“In a dynamic year, our production discipline and our supplier partners helped us build and deliver more aeroplanes than ever before to satisfy the strong demand for air travel across the globe.”
Over 2018, Boeing expanded the production of its 737 range, bringing the total produced each month to 52 aircraft. Roughly half of 2018’s 580 737 deliveries were of the fuel-efficient and long-range MAX family. This included the first of the MAX 9 aircraft.
Meanwhile, with its 787 Dreamliner line, Boeing reportedly closed the year with 145 deliveries. The remainder of 806 delivers for 2018 includes various 777, 767 and 747-8 aircraft.
Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company, said: “We are honoured that customers around the world continued to vote for the unmatched capabilities of Boeing’s aeroplane and services portfolio. In addition to the ongoing demand for the 737 MAX, we saw strong sales for every one of our twin-aisle aeroplanes in a ringing endorsement of their market-leading performance and efficiency.”
Mounir added: “More broadly, another year of healthy jet orders continues to support our long-term forecast for robust global demand that will see the commercial aeroplane fleet double in 20 years.”