Boeing gained 59 new orders this past week through Tuesday bringing its 2008 commercial airplane orders to 189.
If this pace continues throughout the rest of 2008, Boeing will end the year with about 1,220 orders, far more than the 700-800 it predicts.
But airliner orders don’t happen in even increments, so extrapolating the orders from the intial results probably isn’t a valid predictor of year-end totals.
The company gained orders for 19 737s and six 777s from Continental Airlines and four 737s from the Mideast’s RAK airlines. Thiry orders for 737s last week came from unidentified customers.
The 767 still has no orders for the year, though that could change this afternoon if the Pentagon chooses the 767 as the base plane for its new aerial tanker. As many as 179 planes are at stake in that order.
Here’s the link to Boeing’s orders and deliveries page for those who want a closer look.