More than a feeling

I had a feeling that 2012 was going to be a banner year for Boeing. But I had no idea just how good. Today’s final tally of orders and deliveries proves we all have something to be proud of.

We recorded the second-largest net order total in company history with 1,203. And with 601 deliveries, the most since 1999, our employees stepped up and met the challenge of several production rate increases. One more impressive note— with 4,373 unfilled orders— we’ve set a new company record.

2012 also lived up to its billing as “The Year of the MAX” as the new engine variant of the best-selling 737 recorded 914 orders, bringing its total orders to date to 1,064.

As we move into the new year, 2013 isn’t a time to rest on our laurels. The competition will come out swinging— and we have to step up our game even more. It should be a lot of fun and I invite you to watch it all play out right here on this blog.

But in the meantime, enjoy a recap of our 2012 highlights in photos!

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737 program achieves rate of 35 airplanes per month. The first airplane delivered at the new rate went to AWAS Aviation Services, Inc., and was leased by Norwegian Air Shuttle.

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Lion Air finalizes historic order for up to 380 737s.

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Boeing Edge sets new standard for aviation services and support.

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First 747-8 Intercontinental delivered to VIP customer.

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1,000th 777 delivered to Emirates.

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First P-8A Poseidon production aircraft delivered to US Navy.

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787 Dreamliner wins 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

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ANA conducts first 787 biofuel flight.

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747-8 Intercontinental delivered to Lufthansa.

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Rollout of the first 787 built in South Carolina.

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The Advanced Technology Winglet is introduced for the 737 MAX. Here’s me posing with a model at the Farnborough Airshow.

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KC-46 Tanker completes preliminary design review.

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787 Dream Tour comes to a close after stopping in five continents. Here’s a view from the Dreamliner as it flew over the White Cliffs of Dover during the UK stop.

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Celebrating the 10,000th 737 order with the team in Renton.

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Qatar’s 787 stole the show during the flying display at the Farnborough Airshow.

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The ecoDemonstrator completes its first phase of testing.

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First 787 built in South Carolina is delivered to Air India.

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777 begins production at rate of 8.3 airplanes per month— the highest rate ever for a Boeing twin-aisle airplane.

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The 500th 737 with Boeing Sky Interior is delivered.

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787 program increases rate to five airplanes per month.

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737 MAX reaches “Firm Concept,” defining in broad terms our newest single-aisle airplane.

Comments (12)

Angel Ortuño (Murcia, Spain):

Congratulations to all men and women of boeing for an amazing year,

good luck in 2013!!!

Michael Melstad (Banks, Oregon USA):

I really enjoy your pictures. I wish there was a way to get the high resolution versions for my own enjoyment without being with the media.

MARIO A ROMERO (seattle wa):

CONGRATS TO ALL BOEING CREW FOR TREMENDUS JOB LAST YEAR I HOPE THIS 2013 LOOK MORE BETTER FOR ALL.

Carroll Kelley (Greer , S C 29651):

Congratulations on your new North Charleston plant . Maybe your next South Carolina location can be in Upstate area around Greenville / Spartanburg .Have a great 2013 !!

Pamela (Salt Lake City):

These are great pictures to mark a great year. We are very excited for Boeing and the entire team. Best wishes for 2013 from Utah.

Andrew Boydston (Boise, ID USA):

Congratulations Randy, et al. Great job this year for everyone connected to the Boeing endeavor. Boeing has given me something to crow about all year. I'll just keep squawking along as your story keeps me turning page after page from your journal.

2013 will be another epic year.

Fox Cutter:

A couple weeks ago I got to fly in one of the new Sky Interior 737s, quite the step up from the past and very comfortable. I hope we can see more of it in the future.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

It is going to be a great year in 2013, already 30 777 orders, lots of 787 to be delivered with five per month being delivered and 35 737 deliveries per month with lots more on order. Success is no accident, congrats to all and heres to a successful 2013!

FRANKLYNPILOT (INDIA ):

IF ITS AINT BOEING AM NOT GOING

lee (york ):

737 MAX cant wait to travel on one and the new dreamliner

Frans Balk (Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Holland).):

Thanks for the nice pictures.
Wishing Boeing a successful New Year 2013.

Tim (Baltimore Maryland):

Hi Randy, Happy New Year

Randy ? about the order from Lion Air in 2012 coming in at 380 orders ?
380 thinking about it, it's kind of ironic isn't it ? 380 ?
Think on it a little you will get it.
Hoping that 2013 is even the best year for Boeing.

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