Boeing takes 58 commercial orders, loses 8

By Reuters
Posted March 10 at 1:20 p.m.

Boeing Co. said Thursday it took 58 new orders for commercial planes in the week that ended March 9, but reduced the number of 787 orders by eight.

The company on its website said it took orders for four 767s from the U.S. Air Force. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd ordered 10 777s. American International Group’s International Lease Finance Corp ordered 33 737s.

Boeing, the world’s second-largest commercial plane-maker after EADS unit Airbus, attributed 11 other orders for 737s to an unidentified customer or customers.

The company declined to identify the customer that canceled the 787 orders. The 787 Dreamliner is nearly three years behind schedule, but first delivery is set for this year.

Boeing said its net total commercial orders stand at 67 for 2011.

Shares of Boeing were up 8 cents at $72.17 on the New York Stock Exchange.

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