Boeing enjoys record 2006, likely finishes ahead of Airbus

Boeing booked 1,044 net commercial aircraft orders in 2006, paced by a record 729 net orders for 737s, surpassing its 2005 record of 1,002 total orders.

The company delivered 398 commercial planes for the year, a 37% boost over 2005 and its highest total since 2001, led by 302 737 deliveries. “2006 was another outstanding year for our customers and for Boeing,” Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Scott Carson said in a statement.

Boeing appears assured of topping rival Airbus in aircraft orders for the first time since 2000. The European manufacturer is set to announce its order totals on Jan. 17 but officials already have conceded a second-place finish.

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