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The Boeing Company has reported first-quarter revenue of US$23.4bn reflecting higher commercial deliveries and mix, defense contract volume and services growth.
GAAP earnings per share increased to US$4.15 and core earnings per share (non-GAAP) increased to US$3.64 reflecting strong performance across the company.
Commercial Airplanes first-quarter revenue was US$13.7bn reflecting higher deliveries and mix. First-quarter operating margin increased to 11.0%, reflecting strong operating performance on production programs.
During the quarter, Commercial Airplanes delivered 184 airplanes, including delivery of the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines and delivery of the first 737 MAX 9 to Lion Air Group. The 737 program reached additional milestones during the quarter, including first flight of the 737 MAX 7 and firm configuration of the 737 MAX 10. The 737 program has captured over 4,400 orders since launch for the 737 MAX, including a recent order from Jet Airways for 75 additional airplanes.
Reflecting the strength of the cargo market, Boeing now plans to increase the production rate on the 767 program from 2.5 to 3 per month beginning in 2020. Development on the 777X program remains on track as production began on the first 777X fuselage for structural testing.