Boeing recorded its highest level for deliveries and unfilled orders for commercial aircraft in 2013 as it responded to increased global demand.
AFP reports that the Chicago-based manufacturer delivered 648 commercial airplanes and had 5,080 orders for the year. In addition, the company booked a record 1,531 gross commercial orders and 1,355 net commercial orders.
In 2012 Boeing became the world’s largest passenger jet manufacturer. Given that the company’s main rival Airbus was aiming to supply fewer than 620 aircraft to airlines and leasing companies in 2013, it is likely to again take the top ranking for last year.
However, the Chicago Tribune has quoted two anonymous industry sources as saying that Boeing has logged fewer new orders than Airbus. They claim Airbus has exceeded both Boeing’s 1,531 gross commercial orders and 1,355 net commercial orders.
Airbus is due to release its 2013 figures on Monday.
Commenting on the results, Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive, said in a statement on Monday, "With solid execution on our numerous production rate increases, the Boeing team performed extremely well in 2013,”
"We delivered more advanced, fuel-efficient airplanes to our customers than ever before."