Boeing delivered more planes last year than even the high end of its forecasts. Aerospace analyst Yair Reiner says a big reason is that the company managed to speed up production of its 787 Dreamliners. That comes after years of stumbles and delays on the fuel-efficient twin-aisle plane.
"But in 2012 it appears to have finally begun to hit its stride in terms of delivery and it finished the year actually delivering more of these planes than it expected to," Reiner says.
Boeing shipped 46 Dreamliners and a total of 601 planes last year. That means Boeing likely displaced Airbus as the top airplane maker for the first time in about 10 years.
Airbus releases its final 2012 deliveries two weeks from now.
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