2012 turned out to be a record setting year for Boeing, and the company is poised to regain the title of largest planemaker in the world.
The aerospace giant delivered 601 airplanes, the most since 1999, and booked 1,203 net commericial airplanes orders, the second largest in company history. Boeing's unfied commercial airplane orders at the end of the year stood at 4,373, the most in company history.
According to Reuters, the delivery number will likely put the company ahead of its rival Airbus, which targeted 580 deliveries this year. Airbus has been the world's largest planemaker for a decade and will report its numbers Jan. 17.
The 737 program broke the record for orders for any Boeing model in a single year, accumulating 1,124 net orders. The 737 MAX – the new engine variant of the best-selling 737 – recorded 914 of those orders, bringing total orders to date to 1,064. In addition, the Next-Generation 737 set a new single-year record with 415 deliveries to customers worldwide. The 737 program also celebrated its 10,000th order in 2012.
Boeing's leadership in the widebody market also continued in 2012. The year began with the five-continent 787 Dream Tour and ended with 11 787 deliveries in December to seven customers. To date, 49 787s have been delivered to eight customers.
The 777, which totaled 83 deliveries in 2012 and surpassed 1,000 since launch, won 68 net orders. With 31 deliveries in 2012, the 747-8 Intercontinental and Freighter have received positive reviews from customers and are performing as expected in service.
"As we look ahead to 2013, we're focused on meeting our customer commitments by increasing production rates and delivering high-quality, reliable products, and services," says Conner. "We will also transition the 787-9 into production and flight test and work closely with customers."