Boeing achieved a net total of orders for 1,203 commercial aircraft in 2012, the second-largest annual number in the company's history. The manufacturer also...

Boeing achieved a net total of orders for 1,203 commercial aircraft in 2012, the second-largest annual number in the company’s history.

The manufacturer also delivered 601 commercial jets, the most since 1999. Boeing’s unfilled commercial aircraft orders at the end of the year stood at 4,373, the most in its history.

In the first week of November 2012, Boeing rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner built at the five-aircraft-per-month production rate. In this photograph, four Dreamliners can be seen on the 787 final assembly facility in Everett, Washington


“Our employees rose to the challenge of executing several production rate increases in 2012 – a truly remarkable performance,” says Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Increasing our deliveries by 26 per cent allowed us to put more airplanes into the hands of our customers and grow our customer base by offering the best products and services.”

The Boeing 737 program broke the record for orders for any Boeing model in a single year, accumulating net orders for 1,124 aircraft.

Boeing’s new 737 MAX – the new-engine variant of the best-selling Boeing 737 family – recorded orders for 914 aircraft in 2012, bringing total Boeing 737 MAX orders to date to 1,064.

Since Boeing announced on January 2 that a 60-aircraft order from lessor Aviation Capital Group in late December had increased total Boeing 737 MAX orders to 1,029, the manufacturer must have taken last-minute orders for another 35 Boeing 737 MAX jets very late in 2012.

Leasing company Aviation Capital Group finalized an order for 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 10 737 MAX 9s in late December 2012, taking the firm orderbook for the 737 MAX family to 1,029 aircraft. The 1,000-aircraft milestone was reached just over a year after the first firm 737 MAX order was placed. Shown in this computer graphic image is a Boeing 737 MAX 9 in ACG house colors


In addition, the Boeing 737NG set a new single-year record with 415 deliveries to customers worldwide.

The Boeing 737 program – in production since 1967, with the 737 MAX representing the fourth generation of the 737 family – also celebrated reaching a sales total of 10,000 aircraft in 2012. This was the first time in history any commercial jet family has ever achieved this figure.

As for widebody jets, Boeing’s year began with the five-continent 787 Dream Tour and ended with 11 Boeing 787 deliveries in December to seven customers. To date, 49 787s have been delivered to eight customers.

The Boeing 777, which totaled 83 deliveries in 2012 and surpassed 1,000 delivered since production of the 777 family was launched in the 1990s, won net orders for 68 aircraft.

On December 21, 2012, China Airlines of Taiwan ordered six Boeing 777-300ERs, which would become the first Boeing 777s to join the carrier’s fleet. At the same time China Airlines agreed to lease four more 777-300ERs from GE Capital Aviation Services


With 31 deliveries in 2012, the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and Boeing 747-8 Freighter have received positive reviews from customers and are performing as expected in service, according to Boeing.

“As we look ahead to 2013, we’re focused on meeting our customer commitments by increasing production rates and delivering high-quality, reliable products and services,” says Conner. “We will also transition the 787-9 into production and flight test and work closely with customers, who contribute so much to our success, to continue defining the 787-10X and 777X.”

As of December 31, Boeing’s 2012 orderbook picture for its various commercial-jet families saw the 737 family achieving gross sales of 1,184 aircraft and net sales (after order cancellations) of 1,124 aircraft during the year.

Boeing delivered 415 737s in 2012 and on December 31 the 737-family production backlog stood at 3,074 aircraft.

Nippn Cargo Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 Freighter on July 25, 2012. On its delivery flight, the aircraft would become the first Boeing 747-8 to use a blend of jet kerosene and an environmentally progressive biofuel made from used cooking oil to fly across the Pacific Ocean


The Boeing 747 family recorded gross orders of seven aircraft and net orders of one aircraft last year. Boeing delivered 31 747s and has a production backlog of 67.

Meanwhile, the Boeing 767 family achieved gross orders of 23 aircraft and net orders for 22 in 2012. Boeing delivered 26 767s during the year and has a backlog of 68.

Boeing 777 gross orders last year reached 75 aircraft and net orders totalled 68. The manufacturer delivered 83 Boeing 777-family widebodies in 2012 and on December 31 Boeing had a production backlog of 365 of the family.

Many might be surprised to learn that Boeing’s worst-performing commercial jet for net orders in 2012 was the 787 Dreamliner. Although the manufacturer took in gross orders for 50 Dreamliners, a slew of cancellations for the much-delayed aircraft family saw Boeing end the year with a net order total of -12 (minus 12) 787s.

On November 15, 2012, Colombian carrier Avianca ordered three more Boeing 787-8s to add to 12 already on order


The company delivered 46 Dreamliners during 2012 and it retains a backlog of 799 aircraft.

Altogether, Boeing recorded gross orders for 1,339 commercial jets in 2012, but cancellations reduced the net-order total to 1,203 aircraft. During 2012 Boeing delivered 601 commercial aircraft and on December 31 its production backlog stood at 4,373 aircraft.