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Boeing hit 2009 jet delivery goal, likely trails Airbus

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Michelle Dunlop
Herald Writer
The Boeing Co. met its 2009 delivery goal, handing over 481 aircraft to customers last year.
After several years of record jet orders, Boeing logged 142 net orders last year as airlines and freight companies saw a huge decline in air traffic. Boeing's order and delivery totals, reported Thursday, likely put the Chicago-based jet maker behind rival Airbus for 2009.
Airbus hasn't officially reported its 2009 totals. However, the Toulouse, France-based company had reported 194 net orders through the end of November. And a European publication reported earlier this week that Airbus delivered 498 aircraft in 2009. Airbus hasn't confirmed that number.
Boeing reported a backlog of 3,375 unfilled aircraft orders on Thursday.
"2009 was not without its challenges but it also was a year of exciting achievements for our company and our industry," said Jim Albaugh, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive officer, in a statement. "With signs of economic recovery emerging in 2010, we look forward to better days ahead."
Boeing's single aisle 737 continued to lead the way in both orders and deliveries. The Renton-built 737 won 178 net orders in 2009. Boeing delivered 372 of the aircraft.
The company delivered 88 Everett-built 777 aircraft while winning just 19 net orders for the twin aisle jet.
Boeing logged in two net orders for its 747-8 and delivered eight 747 jumbo jets in 2009. The company won two net orders for the 767, also assembled in Everett. And Boeing delivered 13 of that model aircraft to customers in 2009.
The company ended 2009 with more cancellations than new orders for its delay 787 Dreamliner. Boeing put its fuel efficient new jet in the skies for the first time on Dec. 15. For the year, Boeing had a net negative of 59 orders for the 787.
Boeing's Albaugh may be right about better days in 2010. Earlier this week, Boeing's stock was upgraded by two analysts. The company's shares hit a 52-week high of $59.99 on Wednesday.
Boeing looks to deliver its first 787 in 2010. The company said Thursday that it's still on track to fly its 747-8 for the first time early this year and deliver the first of this updated jumbo jet later in 2010.



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