Boeing falls short of 2016 commercial orders target

That's down from 768 net orders in 2015 and below its goal for 2016 orders to match deliveries, which totaled 748 previous year vs. 762 in 2015. Among the orders, the 737-family stood out with 4,452 aircraft yet to be delivered. The increase in unidentified number of orders led it to close the year near its targets.

While it met that goal, its delivery total fell short of the record 762 commercial planes brought to customers in 2015.

Boeing shares edged up 0.2% to 159.09 on the stock market today. Almost two-thirds of its deliveries previous year were for single-aisle 737s, the workhorses of the global airline fleet. Airbus is yet to reveal its orders and sales figures by next year.

Boeing meanwhile delivered 748 commercial jets previous year, within the range of its earlier forecast of 745-750 deliveries.

The 2016 orders are worth us$94.1bn at list prices, it said. It also included an order for four 787 Dreamliners from Uzbekistan Airways.

"These new orders will enable GECAS to serve our clients' needs - assisting in managing their fleets, transitioning aircraft and providing new equipment", said Alec Burger, President and Chief Executive Officer, GECAS. In 2016, Boeing reported milestones including the first flight of its highly anticipated 737-MAX and the start of final assembly of the 787-10 in SC.

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