The leader by all measures

A strong 2014 continues to get even stronger in the orders and deliveries race.

Through Sept. 2, Boeing booked 941 net orders. Airbus recorded 722 net orders through the end of August.

For those of you who keep track of gross orders, we’re also ahead 1,004 to 1,001.

On the deliveries side through the end of August, Boeing leads 461 to 389.

This race is far from over—and we’re more focused than ever to end the year on a high note.

Speaking of orders and deliveries, I’m currently in China where the demand for new airplanes continues to grow. I unveiled the Current Market Outlook for China today, and the numbers are impressive.

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I unveiled the Current Market Outlook for China during a press briefing in Beijing today.

Over the next 20 years, we project China will need 6,020 new commercial airplanes valued at $870 billion. That accounts for more than 16 percent of the total global demand in terms of both new deliveries and market value.

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One thing to keep a close eye on in China is the tough, long-haul international market. Chinese carriers are focused on new business models, adding new destinations and increasing their capacity.

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I snapped this photo of a Hainan 787 pushing back from the gate at Haikou Airport.

That means demand for higher efficiency airplanes, low operating costs, environmentally progressive technologies and a great passenger experience. Of course, we believe our current and future product lineup matches those needs perfectly.

I’ll leave you with a photo of another great meal in Beijing.

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Noodles in Beijing!

Comments (3)

V V (Montréal, Québec):

Randy,

I noticed that you made direct comparison of orders and deliveries with your biggest competitor already twice this year.

Is this something that is done on purpose?

If Boeing increases the production rate further for the 737, it means that airlines will be in a shorter waiting list and thus you may have more opportunity to sell even more aircraft.

Something is incredible in the production rate increase because Boeing delivered more than 11% aircraft units than in the same period last year.

I hope you manage the ramp up better than the way it was managed in 1997.

By the way, I posted a short entry in my blog on the orders and deliveries numbers (click here).

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

The noodles are very much worth taking a look at, it is not the Chinese food at the local restaurant, it looks hardy and delectable.

In 6,040 aircraft that can be delivered I see the most potential in the Boeing 787 particularly the 9 and 10 series and the 777-300ER and 777-8/9 in the coming years. In 20 years I can also see the next Boeing product not publicly known right now be it a mega twin, a 200 plus jet, or 737 replacement/fifth generation 737 doing well in China too.

Graham Kettle (AZ):

You missed the opportunity to comment on the milestone of 15,000 orders now for single aisle jets. Also note that you are approaching 20,000 orders for all jets (19,677 as at end of August).

Hope this helps!!!

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