Boeing ended 2022 with 480 commercial jets delivered, an increase of 41% compared to 2021, when it had delivered 340 aircraft.
The good result was obtained mainly thanks to the 4th quarter, when the aircraft manufacturer managed to deliver 152 jets, 22 of them from the 787 Dreamliner, whose production was undergoing adjustments required by the FAA. The 737 was, as expected, the most delivered commercial aircraft last year, with 387 units, a 47% growth compared to 2021.
Among widebodies, the 767 had 33 aircraft delivered, the 777, 24, and the 787, 31 planes. There were still five 747s sent to customers, two less than in 2021 – Boeing’s largest commercial aircraft is about to end its production with the delivery of the last aircraft manufactured.
“We worked hard in 2022 to stabilize 737 production, resume 787 deliveries, launch the 777-8 Freighter and, most importantly, meet our customer commitments,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal. “As the airline industry expands its recovery, we are seeing strong demand across our product family, particularly the highly efficient 737 MAX and the 787 Dreamliner. We will stay focused on driving stability within our operations and the supply chain as we work to deliver for our customers in 2023 and beyond.”
Good prospects in 2023
The result since 2022 is the best since 2018, when Boeing delivered 806 commercial aircraft. At that time, the 737 MAX was still authorized to fly, despite a fatal accident in October 2018 with an Ethiopian Airlines jet.
The following year, after another crash in Indonesia in March, the entire fleet of the single-aisle jet was grounded, causing the planemaker to stock dozens of ready-made planes. As a result, only 380 aircraft were delivered of all its models in 2019.
In 2020, rock bottom for Boeing, amid the Covid-19 pandemic and problems in the production of the 737 and 787. Result: only 157 aircraft were delivered.
This year, the situation may improve, with the normalization of the 737 MAX assembly line and the deliveries of dozens of Dreamliners ready. If it succeeds in certifying the 737 MAX 7 version, Boeing will certainly have a busier year.