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Boeing first quarter deliveries up by a third

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on April 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
April 5, 2012 2:55 pm

Boeing’s first quarter deliveries jumped by 32 percent over last year as the company finally began delivering backlogged 787s and 747s and accelerated production of its popular 737.

The company reported today that it had delivered 137 commercial aircraft from January through March. That number included 99 737s, 20 777s, 7 767s, 6 747-8s and 5 787s. In the comparable period last year, Boeing delivered 104 planes.

Boeing this quarter began delivering its 737 single-aisle plane at a rate of 35 monthly from its Renton factory. That’s up from 31.5 per month. By 2014, the company says it will be producing 42 of the planes monthly.

Boeing had held back delivering its 787 Dreamliners until last fall because the planes needed post-assembly line modifications to bring them up to certification standards.

The company says it will deliver 585 to 600 planes this year.

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