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2016 turned out to be a record production year.
(The latest figures we have are to the end of December 2016.)

Our January 2017 issue has Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2016 data.

Towards the end of last year it really did look as though there would be fewer aircraft deliveries than in 2015 and that the large commercial jet backlog at the end of the year would be lower than at the start of the year. This would have been the first time that had happened in many years. Orders for new aircraft were running at a much lower level than in 2015 and the prospect of a larger year-end backlog seemed rather remote.

This is an industry that can spring huge surprises though. Delivery numbers rocketed in December and by the end of that month the 2016 delivery total was a new industry record. In addition, a very large number of new aircraft and engines were ordered in December and the large commercial jet aircraft backlog reached a new industry high. The number of large civil jet engines on firm order also reached a new industry high. It really was an exciting finish to what had looked like a rather dull year.

Our January issue has all the new aircraft and engine figures. Some aircraft and engine programs finished the year with production and order book records. Others did not.

 

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Philip Abbott,
Editor & Publisher.