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Boeing plane deliveries fall 15% in 2008 Печать E-mail
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Автор: Newsmaster   
11.01.2009 13:28
Boeing's airplane deliveries and orders fell in 2008 as a strike temporarily halted its commercial aircraft operations and airlines grounded planes and reduced flying to cope with high fuel prices and lower demand.

The Chicago-based company on Thursday reported orders for commercial aircraft plunged by more than half during the year, while deliveries sank 15%, according to figures posted on its website.

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Boeing, the world's second-largest plane maker after Europe's Airbus, has blamed an eight-week strike by machinists and other production glitches for delaying the delivery of new jetliners. The planes include the world's top-selling 737 and its long-awaited 787, a next-generation aircraft built for fuel efficiency with carbon composite parts.

But even without the work stoppage, demand for Boeing aircraft slowed after the summer because of the global economic downturn, which lowered the number of air travelers and forced airlines to reduce flights.

Boeing said it took 662 net orders for commercial aircraft last year, down from 1,413 in 2007 and its lowest total since 2004. The three top customers by number of planes were all foreign carriers, reflecting the deep trouble facing U.S. airlines.

Meanwhile, the company reported 41 aircraft deliveries for December — a typical monthly level — bringing the total for 2008 to 375. That year-end figure fell short of the 441 planes delivered in 2007.

Analysts had anticipated lower overall aircraft deliveries for 2008 as a result of the strike, and that deliveries would return to relatively normal levels in December — weeks after the strike had ended. Analysts have said Boeing typically delivers about 40 planes a month.

A strike by 27,000 union workers, including electricians, painters and mechanics, forced Boeing to shut its commercial aircraft plants from early September to early November, costing the company an estimated $100 million a day in deferred revenue.

During the strike, it delivered just 12 commercial airplane for September — two of them before the strike began on Sept. 6 — five for October and four for November, even though the strike had been resolved early in the month.

In July and August, the company delivered 36 planes per month.

Shares of Boeing fell 25 cents to $44.51 in early afternoon trading.

AP Airlines Writer David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report.

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