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SEATTLE Boeing released its 2017 jet order and delivery data Tuesday, confirming that for the sixth year in a row it was the world top manufacturer of airplanes.
In a new production record, Boeing built and delivered 763 airplanes in 2017, up from 748 jets the previous year. Its previous record was 762, set in 2015.
Airbus will report its final 2017 order and delivery figures on Monday. That data is expected to show it finished the year with just over 700 jets delivered.
What made the difference is Boeing production of the 787 Dreamliner, now rolling out at a rate of a dozen jets per month. The competing Airbus A350 jet is being delivered at roughly half that rate.
Cuts to 777 production and slow rates on the 767 and 747 jets were more than made up for by increased rates on the 737 and the 787.
On the orders front, Boeing tally of 912 is much better than many expected at the beginning of last year.
Orders for the 787 Dreamliner also began to accelerate in 2017, with 94 net orders versus 58 the previous year.
But Airbus will almost certainly once again win the annual order race for the fifth successive year.
Airbus had a flurry of large single aisle sales wins late in the year, including a massive order for 430 single aisle A320neos from private equity firm Indigo Partners, which backs a string of low cost carriers around the world.