American manufacturer Boeing has released its final update on commercial aircraft orders and deliveries for 2018 today.
With 806 total aircraft deliveries in 2018, Boeing sets a new record and remains the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer. Nevertheless, Boeing fell short of its own delivery target of delivering 810-815 aircraft. The company secured a total of 1,090 gross orders, which, after including cancellations, makes for a total of 893 net orders worth US$143.7 billion.
The 806 aircraft deliveries break down to 580 737 family aircraft with 256 of those being for the new 737 MAX family, including the first 737 MAX 9 aircraft. The second largest amount of deliveries went to the 787 family with Boeing delivering a total of 145 aircraft of all three variants, this includes the first 787-10 delivery. The remaining 81 deliveries were for the 747, 767 and the 777 aircraft types.
Boeing’s 777-programme (including the current generation, as well as the 777X) reached 2,000 orders, and is now the first wide-bodied aircraft to have ever surpassed this mark with the total now standing at 2,013 orders for all variants. In addition to this milestone, the 737 MAX family has also surpassed the 5,000-order mark and accounted for 675 net orders in 2018.
Highlights in the December update were four orders for the 747-8 freighter aircraft from two customers and 125 for the 737 MAX from an unidentified customer in what is the biggest sale of the year by the amount of airplanes sold.
European rival Airbus will release its numbers for 2018 tomorrow, but has been behind Boeing with only around 470 net orders as of November. The aircraft manufacturer today confirmed that it has made an on-point landing with 800 deliveries in 2018. On January 3rd, Airbus announced firm contracts with U.S. airline JetBlue and start-up carrier ‘Moxy’, each ordering 60 A220-300 aircraft.
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Jan-Hendrik is an aviation enthusiast from Germany, loves to travel the world and fly on as many aircraft as possible. His first flight was with a Condor 757 to Spain and has been interested in aviation ever since. His fields of expertise are aircraft accidents and passenger experience (PaxEx).