Boeing lands record airplane orders in July

Boeing makes parts for and assembles the 787 Dreamliner at its North Charleston operation.

Boeing Co. is not lacking for work.

With thousands of airplanes on back order for delivery years away, the Chicago-based aerospace giant reported its best month ever for commercial airplane orders in July. That's thanks in large part to the Farnborough International Airshow in England last month, when the company landed orders and commitments for 201 aircraft.

With 324 total orders in July, for the year Boeing has picked up 823 orders.

In comparison, rival France-based Airbus has orders for 705 aircraft so far this year. Nearly 500 of those came during the airshow.

Boeing, which builds parts for and assembles the 787 Dreamliner in North Charleston, delivered 58 passenger jets in five different models - 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 - to customers around the globe in July, the company reported. That's 400 deliveries for the first seven months of 2014. Airbus has delivered 352.

Fifty-six of the 400 Boeing deliveries so far this year were 787s. The North Charleston site makes three per month, while seven a month are produced in Everett, Wash., the hub of Boeing's airplane-making operations.

More than 1,000 Dreamliners have been ordered by airlines around the world.

The North Charleston operation, which now assembles the 787-8 and will begin full production on the slightly larger 787-9 this fall, will ramp up to five 787s a month in 2016 and seven a month in 2019, matching the number assembled in Everett by the end of the decade.

Starting in 2017, the North Charleston campus beside Charleston International Airport will begin exclusive assembly on the 787-10, the biggest version in the Dreamliner fleet.

So far this year, Boeing has picked up orders for 27 787s. The bulk of the 823 total passenger jet orders, though, are for 737s, including the 737 MAX. The company is building a factory in Palmetto Commerce Park up the road from its sprawling airport-based campus to make engine inlet components for the MAX, a single-aisle passenger jet to enter the market in 2017.

The MAX already has more than 1,700 orders - 550 of those were placed this year.

The remainder of Boeing jet orders during 2014 include 245 777s and one 747, both made in Washington state.

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