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Boeing, 737 post a record-breaking year

Aviation Capital Group has ordered 60 737 MAX airplanes worth $6 billion. - Boeing
Aviation Capital Group has ordered 60 737 MAX airplanes worth $6 billion.
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The Renton-built 737 had a record-breaking year in 2012, in a year of records for The Boeing Co.

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

The 737 MAX featuring a variant of the engine of the best-selling 737 accounted for 914 of those orders, bringing total orders to date to 1,064. Just Wednesday, Boeing announced a $6 billion order from Aviation Capital Group for 60 737 MAX airplanes.

The Aviation Capital Group order consists of 50 737 MAX 8s and 10 737 MAX 9s.

In addition, the Next-Generation 737 set a new single-year record with 415 deliveries to customers worldwide. The 737 program also marked its 10,000th order in 2012.

In all Boeing booked 1,203 net commercial airplane orders in 2012, the second-largest number in company history, according to the company.

Boeing also delivered 601 airplanes, the most since 1999. Boeing's unfilled commercial airplane orders at the end of the year stood at 4,373, the most in company history.

"Our employees rose to the challenge of executing several production rate increases in 2012—a truly remarkable performance," said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, in a company news release.

"Increasing our deliveries by 26 percent allowed us to put more airplanes into the hands of our customers and grow our customer base by offering the best products and services," he said.

Boeing's leadership in the widebody market continued in 2012, according to the company.

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

The 777, which totaled 83 deliveries in 2012 and surpassed 1,000 since launch, won 68 net orders. The airplane continues to win accolades from passengers, earning three prestigious awards voted on by business travelers, according to the company press release.

With 31 deliveries in 2012, the 747-8 Intercontinental and 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," said 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."

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