Boeing delivers 65 Dreamliners in 2013

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
Published Jan. 6, 2014

The Boeing Co. delivered 65 of its 787 Dreamliners in 2013 to 16 customers around the world, according to a report released today.

Boeing delivered 25 Dreamliners in the fourth quarter. One of the Dreamliners delivered in the fourth quarter is operating under a lease. Boeing’s Lowcountry and Puget Sound operations produce the Dreamliners.

Boeing delivered 648 commercial airplanes in 2013 — a company record for deliveries in a year, according to a news release. The aerospace giant’s unfilled commercial orders stood at 5,080 at year-end, also a new Boeing record, the company said.

With the higher production rates achieved in 2013, all three Boeing Commercial Airplanes production sites in Everett and Renton, Wash., and North Charleston, also delivered a record number of airplanes.

Boeing South Carolina Vice President Jack Jones said late last month in North Charleston that Boeing’s Lowcountry and Puget Sound operations were on track to build 60 Dreamliners in 2013.

Boeing is currently producing roughly 10 Dreamliners a month, Jones said. It plans to produce up to 12 of the airplanes a month by 2016 and up to 14 a month by 2019.

Deliveries of commercial airplane programs:

Commercial airplane programs
737
747
767
777
787
Total


Gross orders
1,208
17
2
121
183
1,531


Net orders
1,046
12
2
113
182
1,355

Year-to-date deliveries
440
24
21
98
65
648


Unfilled orders
3,680
55
49
380
916
5,080

Source: Boeing Co.

Boeing launched the 777X in November at the Dubai Air Show with 259 orders and commitments worth more than $95 billion at list prices.

Boeing also launched the 787-10 Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show in June. Some aerospace analysts have pointed to North Charleston as a potential assembly site for the 787-10, as Boeing plans to expand its Lowcountry campus.

“The year ahead will be exciting, as we prepare to deliver the first 787-9, continue the design work on our newest programs — the 737 MAX, 787-10 and 777X — while increasing our production rates on the 737,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said in a statement.

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