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Boeing Jet Deliveries Trail Assembly Rates Amid 787 Changes

February 07, 2012

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. delivered two new 787 Dreamliners in January, half a plane below the monthly production rate, as progress is slowed by changes after assembly to make sure the composite-plastic jets conform to regulations.

Boeing has promised to be building 10 Dreamliners a month by the end of next year to work through a backlog of more than 800 orders for the jet, which entered service at the end of 2011 after more than three years of delays.

The planemaker delivered a total of 38 aircraft last month, according to the monthly update on its website. That included five 777s, its most profitable jetliners, of which Boeing builds seven a month.

The planemaker delivered 28 single-aisle 737s, below the assembly rate of 35 a month.

The first quarter of a year is generally Boeing’s weakest, and the company delievered just 26 jets in January 2011.

The planemaker delivered 477 planes last year, an average of 40 a month, and said last week it would lift that figure to 585 to 600 this year. The Chicago-based company is boosting production by more than 60 percent in four years through 2014 to work off a record backlog.

--Editors: James Langford, Cecile Daurat

-0- Feb/02/2012 16:38 GMT

To contact the reporter on this story: Susanna Ray in Seattle at sray7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ed Dufner at edufner@bloomberg.net -0- Feb/02/2012 16:20 GMT


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