The world’s two major commercial transport aircraft manufacturers posted figures for aircraft orders and production during 2010.
The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill.) announced on Jan. 6 that it recorded 462 commercial airplane deliveries in 2010, meeting the company projection of approximately 460 deliveries during the year. Boeing posted 530 net commercial orders for the year as air carriers began a transition from economic recovery to expansion. Boeing Commercial Airplanes maintains a base of 3,443 unfilled orders.
The 777 led Boeing’s twin-aisle programs with 74 deliveries and 46 net orders in 2010. The 787 Dreamliner had 37 gross orders in 2010, –4 net orders, and a total backlog of 847 units.
During 2010, Boeing announced a series of production rate increases throughout its product line to meet increasing demand from air carriers worldwide. The Next-Generation 737 production rate will grow to 35 per month in early 2012 and 38 per month in the second quarter of 2013. The 777 production rate will rise from five to seven per month in mid-2011 and grow to 8.3 per month in the first quarter of 2013. The 747-8 Freighter is slated for first delivery mid-2011, and first delivery of the 747-8 Intercontinental is planned for late 2011.
Meanwhile, Airbus (Toulouse, France) reported on Jan. 17 that it achieved a new company record of 510 commercial aircraft deliveries to 94 customers (of which 19 were new). Deliveries for 2010 included 401 A320 aircraft, 91 A330/A340s and 18 A380s. Airbus MIlitary (Madrid, Spain)delivered 20 light and medium military and transport aircraft (CN235 and C295), exceeding the 2009 figure by four aircraft.
Airbus booked 644 commercial aircraft orders (574 net) in 2010. The value of the new orders, in U.S. dollars, surpassed $84 billion, gross, ($74 billion, net) at list prices. This represents 51 percent, by units, of the 2010 gross worldwide market share of aircraft larger than 100 seats (52 percent net). Airbus won 21 new orders for its CN235 and C295. At year-end 2010, Airbus’ commercial order book backlog was 3,552 aircraft valued at more than $480 billion (USD) at list prices. The military backlog stood at 247 aircraft.
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