Boeing ends 2005 with new records for airplane orders

SEATTLE (Boeing) - The Boeing Company recorded 1,002 net commercial airplane orders during 2005, setting a new Boeing record for total orders in a single year.

  • 1,002 net orders (1,029 gross) surpasses B877 net orders reached in 1988
  • Record order totals posted for B737, B777 and B787 programs
  • New program launches also key 2005 highlight

The 2005 total surpasses the previous Boeing record of 877 net orders in 1988, which includes both Boeing and then-McDonnell Douglas totals; the companies merged in 1997. Boeing posted 272 net orders for commercial airplanes in 2004. Gross orders in 2005, which exclude cancellations and conversions, totaled 1,029.

Three airplane programs - the B737, B777 and B787 programs - also achieved individual records with net orders of 569 for B737s, 154 for B777s and 235 for B787s. Previous record totals for these programs were 438 B737s in 1996, 116 B777s in 2000, and 56 B787s in 2004. The B747 and B767 programs also had a very successful sales year with 43 and 15 net new orders, respectively.

Boeing has posted its year-end orders information on its Orders and Deliveries Web site http://active.boeing.com/commercial/orders/index.cfm.

Orders finalized since the Dec 20, 2005 update include 68 B737, B777 and B787 airplanes for Air India, 20 B737s for China Southern Airlines, 10 B737s for dba (formerly Deutsche BA), 6 B737s for Hainan Airlines, 5 B737s for Shanghai Airlines, 4 B737s for China Eastern Airlines, 5 B737s for Shenzhen Airlines, 4 B737s for WestJet, 2 B737s for Turkmenistan, 8 B787s for Lcal and 2 B787s for Continental Airlines.

In total, more than 72 different customers ordered Boeing airplanes in 2005, including passenger airlines, cargo carriers, leasing companies and private customers. The 2005 totals include 28 aircraft from customers who wish to remain unidentified as of Jan. 4, 2006.

"Clearly, 2005 was an incredible year for our customers and for Boeing," said Alan Mulally, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive officer. "We continued to stay focused on bringing efficiency and value to the airlines of the world through world-class services and airplanes that fly passengers how they want to fly -- point-to-point, non-stop, with more frequencies and more choices."

"We also solidified the transformation of our product line, and the market validated our strategy with every order during the year," said Mulally. "Our new portfolio of airplanes from 100 to 450 seats, combined with our global support services, put us in a great position for the long term."

"We look forward to 2006 and continuing to meet our commitments to our customers," Mulally said.

Notable highlights for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 2005:

  • Launching the B747-8 Intercontinental, B777 Freighter, B737-900ER, and the B767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter - and offering customers a larger Boeing Business Jet, the BBJ 3.
  • Achieving firm configuration on the B787 Dreamliner and reaching several other major program milestones, including building the first composite fuselage sections and unveiling the B787 flight deck.
  • Establishing a new world record with the B777-200LR Worldliner for distance traveled nonstop by a commercial airplane, demonstrating that this airplane can connect nonstop virtually any two cities in the world.
  • Producing outstanding results in Commercial Aviation Services, which completed and delivered the first B747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter, and won new customers for the Electronic Flight Bag, Airplane Health Management and Maintenance Performance Toolbox. CAS also responded to increasing customer demand for around-the-clock support by opening its first integrated operations center.
  • Continuing efforts to dramatically improve the quality and productivity of the Boeing production system, including completing the sales of the Wichita/Tulsa and Arnprior operations, which are now valued partners to Boeing and suppliers to the entire industry.
  • Delivering the final B757, marking a successful 23-year passenger airplane program that sold more than 1,000 airplanes.
  • Deciding to conclude production of the B717 while celebrating its legacy of introducing moving production lines to Commercial Airplanes.

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