Boeing 787 orders glide past 900 Company announces $66B boost at Paris Air Show

A Boeing 787 made for Qatar Airways is on display at the 50th Paris Air Show this week. Rival planemaker Airbus said Thursday that it secured about $70 billion in sales at the big industry expo. Boeing announced $66 billion in orders. (AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Remy de la Mauviniere

The Paris Air Show provided some lift to Boeing’s 787, with the company announcing orders for its new jet have climbed past the 900 mark.

In a Twitter posting, the planemaker announced Thursday it has racked up a total of 930 orders for the Dreamliner.

That’s 43 more than its last disclosure on June 2, when Boeing said it had about 887 orders. The company was less specific a few weeks earlier, saying only it had “more than 800 unfilled orders with 58 customers worldwide.”

But all that was before this week’s Paris Air Show, which Boeing and rival Airbus use to show off their sales prowess. The companies tend to inflate the figures they release, and a common tactic is to include previously announced purchases that have been firmed up at the industry’s biggest stage. Also, the dollar figures often don’t include negotiated discounts.

Airbus grabbed the lead Thursday, saying it had secured about $70 billion in sales at the show, though it acknowledged a large backlog will delay deliveries.

Boeing went into the week with 890 787 orders, a spokeswoman said. It announced $66 billion in sales for Dreamliners and all other planes Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Chicago-based company announced orders or “commitments” from five customers for 102 of its new 787-10, an extended version of the plane. Fifty of those were considered firm sales. Of those, 40 were added to the total because United Airlines converted some of its previous Dreamliner orders to the stretch version.

“Our airline customers have strongly endorsed Boeing’s innovative family of commercial airplanes with outstanding orders and the launch of our latest 787 Dreamliner model,” said Charlie Miller, vice president of international communications.

Boeing assembles the 787 at factories in North Charleston and Everett, Wash.

The South Carolina plant on Wednesday handed a jet over to Air India, its first delivery since regulators temporarily grounded all the planes in January to fix a problem with smoldering batteries.

The South Carolina plant is expected to handle 279 of the revised order book for the 787. Based on its anticipated production rate of three planes per month, the local factory would need almost eight years to make that many jets.

The Associated Press and Brendan Kearney of The Post and Courier contributed to this report.