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Boeing on track to meet Dreamliner delivery forecast

Middle East carriers have around 138 787 aircraft on order with the US plane maker

Boeing on track to meet Dreamliner delivery forecast
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Boeing, that the world's largest plane maker, is on
track to deliver the 110 787 Dreamliners it forecast for this year, despite
signs that deliveries fell below target last month, said chief operating
officer Dennis Muilenburg on Wednesday.

"We'll meet that," Muilenburg said at a
Credit Suisse conference in New York. Some analysts estimate Boeing delivered
seven Dreamliners in November, below its target pace of nearly 10 a month.

Muilenburg also said that Boeing's loss of a large
Delta Air Lines widebody order to rival Airbus was largely due to the
unavailability of delivery slots, noting that Delta needed the planes
"sooner than we had slots available."

According to order data, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways
has 71 Dreamliners on order, Gulf Air has 16, Oman Air has six, Qatar Airways
has 30, Royal Jordanian has seven and Saudi has eight.

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