The speed-up of deliveries of Boeing’s newest airliner, the 787 Dreamliner, helped the company post airliner delivery numbers through September nearly 25 percent greater than last year.
New figures posted today show Boeing delivered 436 commercial aircraft through the first three quarters of the year, an 87-aircraft increase over the same time last year.
In 2012’s third quarter, the aircraft maker delivered 149 planes to airlines, leasing companies and individuals compared with 127 in 2011’s third quarter.
Deliveries of all five different kinds of airliners Boeing produces jumped through the end of September. The company’s best-seller, the single-aisle 737, was up 29 aircraft deliveries over 2011 at 310 for the first nine months of this year.
Boeing had delivered 21 of its 747-8 jumbo jets through September this year compared with none last year. Deliveries of its 777 long-range jet stood at 62 at the end of last month compared with 53 a year earlier.
Boeing had delivered only one 787 in the first nine months of 2011 while this year it turned over 23 to airlines through last month. Even the aging 767 twin-jet saw more deliveries this year, 20, compared with 14 through September 2011.
Deliveries of both of Boeing’s newest planes, the 787 and the 747-8 had been extensively delayed because of design and production issues.
Boeing has reportedly produced more than 70 787s but has delivered just 26 of those planes through this week. Many of the 787s that rolled out of the factory needed post-production fixes to incorporate changes in their design made as a result of test flights.