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Boeing airliner orders total 191 in 2013’s first two months

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on March 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm with No Comments »
March 7, 2013 1:27 pm

Boeing’s commercial airplane order book is looking healthy after a little more than two months of 2013 have passed.

The company is reporting net orders for 191 new commercial airliners through Tuesday.  That number includes 140 of Boeing’s popular single-aisle 737s, 11 777s and 42 787 Dreamliners minus two cancellations from undisclosed customers.

Boeing 737 assembly plant Renton
Boeing 737 assembly plant Renton

That total doesn’t include an order for three 747-8 Freighters from Cathay Pacific Airways announced later this week and an order from Air China for two 747-8s , one 777-300ER, 20 737s and eight 777s from an affiliated company not yet confirmed by the Chinese governments.

Boeing’s order totals were strongly propelled upward earlier this year by an order for 100 737s from American Airlines, which had announced the order last summer, but hadn’t completed the order until early this year.

The 787’s new orders have come in spite of Boeing’s troubles with the Dreamliner. Those troubles, which focus on the planes’ two lithium-ion batteries, have grounded the 787 fleet and halted deliveries from Boeing’s Dreamliner assembly lines though production activity continues.

Two of those batteries burned aboard jets owned by All Nippon Airways and Japan Air Lines. In one case, the JAL plane had landed in Boston from Japan and had discharged passengers when the battery caught fire.  In the other case, an ANA plane battery started smouldering while the plane was in the air over Japan. The plane landed uneventfully.


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