Boeing Expects 2012
To Be "Year Of The 737 Max"
By Steve Hall
January 5, 2012 - Boeing booked 805 net commercial airplane orders in 2011, fueled by a late flurry of record-breaking deals. The company also delivered 477 airplanes, ending the year with a strong backlog of 3,771 unfilled commercial orders.
"This past year was one of the most exciting and important years in Boeing's history," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "By placing record orders, our customers showed their confidence in our products and the quality of work performed by our employees.
"Our goal in 2012 is to ensure that 787 production is stable and reliable, while maintaining focus on execution as we deliver an increasing number of airplanes across all our programs."
The 777 once again led Boeing's twin-aisle programs by setting a new record for orders in a single year at 200, solidifying the company's lead in the widebody segment of the market. Meanwhile, the launch of the 737 MAX spurred historic deals that resulted in more than 1,000 orders and commitments to date from 15 customers.
MAX, with its unmatched efficiency, will be a key part of our
customers' future fleet needs. As our current commitments become
firm orders and we add even more customers, I have no doubt that
2012 will be the 'Year of the 737 MAX'," said Albaugh.
737 MAX is a new family of aircraft being developed by Boeing
Commercial Airplanes to replace the Boeing 737 Next Generation
family. The primary change will be the use of the larger and
more efficient CFM International LEAP-1B engines. The airframe
is to receive some modifications as well. The 737 MAX is
scheduled for first delivery in 2017, 50 years after the 737
variants of the new family are the 737 MAX 7, the 737 MAX 8 and
the 737 MAX 9, which are based on the 737-700, −800 and −900ER,
respectively which are the best selling versions of the 737 Next
Generation family. Boeing has stated that the fuselage lengths
and door configurations from the Boeing 737 Next Generation
family will be retained on the 737 MAX variants.
the customers for the 737 MAX were not disclosed, except for
American Airlines. On November 17, 2011, Boeing released the
names of two other customers Lion Air and Aviation Capital
Group. At that time, Boeing reported 700 commitments from 9
customers for the 737 MAX. On December 13, 2011, Southwest
Airlines announced they would be the launch customer for the 737
MAX with a firm order of 150 aircraft and 150 options. In
December 2011, Boeing has 948 commitments and firm orders from
13 customers for the 737 MAX.
and backlog at the end of 2011 by program were as follows:
On top of a strong
backlog, the growing demand for Boeing airplanes is driving production
rate increases across most of Boeing?s airplane programs over the next
two years. Most notably, 737 will increase production to 38 airplanes
per month (35 per month rate begins this month), 777 to 8.3 airplanes
per month (currently at 7 per month), and 787 to 10 airplanes per month
(currently at 2.5 per month).
Airplanes highlights in 2011 included:
First delivery of the 787 Dreamliner
First delivery of the 747-8 Freighter
Premiere and first flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental
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