Boeing Expected To Deliver More Aircraft In Middle East This Year

Aug. 18--The U.S. plane maker delivered 45 aircraft in the region in 2013 and this year the company has delivered 24 aircraft in the first seven months of the year.

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing is expected to deliver more commercial aircraft in the Middle East in 2014 compared to last year and its major regional customers belong to the UAE, Boeing Middle East president Jeffery Johnson told Khaleej Times.

The US plane maker delivered 45 aircraft in the region in 2013 and this year the company has delivered 24 aircraft in the first seven months of the year. Johnson declined to provide total number of aircraft to be delivered in 2014 to its Middle East customers.

"We're very pleased with our progress and are on track for deliveries in 2014. We do not disclose future delivery schedules," Marty Bentrott, vice-president for Sales -- Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said.

The UAE-based carriers are top buyers of Boeing aircraft. The company delivered 69 aircraft between January 2013 to July 2014 in the Middle East and out of that the UAE-based companies received 38 aircraft deliveries, according to the latest data available.

The US company got 294 aircraft orders in the same period of 19 months from the region and all orders belong to UAE-based carriers except two 777-300 by Qatar Airways. Carriers in the Middle East have ordered a total of 1,120 aircrafts by the end of July 2014 and there is a backlog of total 544 aircraft to the region. The region's top buyers include Emirates, which has ordered 289 aircraft and its backlog is 205 after 84 deliveries. Etihad Airways is the second biggest customer of Boeing in the region as it has ordered 118 aircraft and the backlog is 97 after 21 deliveries so far. Flydubai has ordered 136 aircraft, received 35 and its backlog is 101 aircraft.

In the latest period for which Boeing delivery figures are available, the company has handed over 342 aircraft in the first half of the year globally and it targets total 715-725 deliveries in 2014. Last year, Boeing won orders for 1,355 aircraft and delivered 648 jets globally.

The aircraft manufacturer has more than 12,000 commercial planes in service carrying passengers and cargo. Its strong product portfolio includes the 737 family, 747 jumbo jet, the 747-8 family, 767 models, the 777, and the 787 Dreamliner.

787 Dreamliner

Boeing has delivered 162 Dreamliners to 20 customers worldwide by the end of July, 2014. The 787 programme currently has 1,031 total orders (869 unfilled) from 60 customers.

"We're satisfied with our progress and are on track for deliveries in 2014. We do not however disclose specific delivery schedules," the company said in an emailed statement to Khaleej Times.

In the Middle East, Boeing customers have ordered a total of 156 Dreamliners. Of these, 13 have been delivered to Qatar Airways. Other 787 customers include Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Oman Air, Gulf Air, Etihad Airways and Iraqi Airways.

Sources told that Etihad Airways will get its first 787 Dreamliner in October, 2014 and Royal Jordanian will also get its first Dreamliner this year. Etihad Airways is the biggest customer of 787 programme in the region as the Abu Dhabi-based carrier has ordered 71 Dreamliners.

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