Boeing delivers 97 planes in second quarter |

Boeing delivers 97 planes in second quarter

CHICAGO – Boeing Co. said Thursday it delivered 97 commercial airplanes in the second quarter, bringing its total at the year’s midway point to just under half its full-year forecast.The world’s No. 2 maker of commercial planes behind Airbus now needs 200 deliveries in the second half of the year to meet its estimate of 395 in 2006.The second-quarter total was its highest since 2002, when it delivered 112 during the period, and 12 higher than a year ago. It included 70 of its single-aisle 737s, 17 widebody 777s, four 747s, three 767s and one 717. It followed a first quarter, when Boeing delivered 98 commercial planes.Boeing reports second-quarter earnings on July 26.Separately, Boeing confirmed that Las Vegas-based Primaris Airlines Inc. had canceled its commitment for 20 of Boeing’s new 787s.In 2004, Primaris, which aims to provide business class-only service, became the first U.S. carrier to pledge support for Boeing’s fuel-efficient 787. The new plane is scheduled to enter service in 2008.But Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach said Primaris never submitted a firm order, and canceled the commitment altogether several weeks ago.Boeing has 360 firm orders for the 787, plus 43 commitments, but most of those are with overseas carriers. Northwest Airlines Corp. and Continental Airlines Inc. are the only two U.S. airlines that have firm orders for the plane.Shares in the company rose 43 cents to $80.60 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange – up 15 percent for the year.—On the Net:www.boeing.comVail Colorado

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