By Valerie Insinna

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing met its jetliner supply targets and recorded a 70% enhance to annual internet orders in 2023, reflecting a record-shattering 12 months of gross sales for planemakers.

The U.S. producer launched the year-end figures on Tuesday because it contends with the fallout from an accident involving an Alaska Airways 737 MAX 9, which misplaced a fuselage panel in mid-air final week.

Boeing delivered 528 planes in 2023 and booked 1,314 internet new orders after permitting for cancellations, up from 480 deliveries and 774 internet new orders in 2022.

It delivered 396 narrowbody 737 jets final 12 months, assembly its revised objective of at the least 375 single-aisle planes however falling wanting the preliminary goal of 400 to 450 jets.

The goal was downgraded in October after a producing flaw by fuselage provider Spirit AeroSystems pressured the it to examine planes, slowing deliveries.

Boeing delivered 73 787 Dreamliners in 2023, assembly its objective of 70 to 80 plane.

Boeing’s orders and deliveries are prone to eclipsed by its European rival Airbus, which broke business information for gross and internet orders and beat its supply goal of 720 airplanes in 2023 with deliveries within the mid-730s, sources instructed Reuters final week.

Boeing gained 1,456 gross orders for 2023, or 1,576 internet orders after accounting changes.

In December, the corporate booked 371 gross orders, together with highest-ever month-to-month gross sales of the 737 MAX at 301 planes. Spanish service Air Europa canceled a reserving for 2 Dreamliners.

The corporate delivered 44 737 MAXs and one older-model 737NG final month. It additionally handed over seven 767s, 4 777 freighters and 11 787s.

Its order backlog elevated from 5,324 to five,626.

Airbus is about to announce its orders and deliveries on Thursday.

Boeing executives are anticipated to put out new targets for 2024 alongside the discharge of the corporate’s fourth-quarter outcomes on Jan. 31.

(Reporting by Valerie Insinna; Enhancing by Jamie Freed)

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