Boeing posts 1,203 orders in 2012, largest gain since 2007

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Boeing posted 1,203 net orders for commercial aircraft in 2012, the second-highest tally over the past decade.

The first full year of sales of the re-engined and updated 737 Max drove the growth in net orders. The 737 Max alone accounted for 1,029 of the 1,124 orders for the single-aisle aircraft, with the balance of 95 orders going for the 737NG.

The 737 total includes orders for 40 aircraft that were added to the order backlog between 18 and 31 December, along with cancellations of 25 orders. The customers who made the orders and the cancellations have not been identified.

Boeing's four other aircraft models accounted for only 79 aircraft combined in the net orders column for 2012.

The 787 programme finished the year with 12 net orders fewer than it began, as 62 cancellations or conversions wiped out 50 new aircraft orders. In three of the last four years, Boeing has lost more 787 orders than it gained.

The 777 programme booked 75 new orders and seven cancellations, yielding a positive net of 68 aircraft. The 767 net orders increased by 22, while the 747-8 added one.