Boeing Releases Final Plane Order Update of 2013

Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) released its latest report on airplane order bookings through mid-December -- its final update of 2013 -- on Thursday afternoon. For investors, it was a bit of an anticlimax. The sole significant development of the past week: two orders for 767 airliners, received from "unidentified customer(s)."

This, then, is Boeing's final count for orders booked through Dec. 17. (The company said it plans an early January update that will include final 2013 orders.):

  • 958 gross orders for various flavors of its 737 regional airliner.
  • 183 orders for the 787 Dreamliner.
  • 96 orders for the 777 airliner.
  • 10 747 orders.
  • two orders for 767s.

After subtracting 161 orders for single-aisle 737s lost to cancellation so far this year, along with eight 777s, five 747s, and the single 787 order also canceled, this leaves Boeing with 1,074 net orders booked to date this year. Boeing booked 1,203 net commercial airplane orders in all of 2012, which was the second-largest number in company history.

By way of comparison, at last count, archrival Airbus had 1,373 gross plane orders and 59 cancellations, for a net order total of 1,314 planes -- beating the latest Boeing numbers by 240 planes.

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