Boeing expanded (08-Jan-2019) the order book with 893 net orders, valued at USD143.7 billion according to list prices. Orders include 203 aircraft sales in Dec-2018. While growing the order backlog for nearly every programme, the company showed particular strength in the twin aisle category with 218 widebody orders last year. 787 extended its status as the fastest selling twin aisle jet in history with 109 orders in 2018 and 1400 orders since the programme launched. The 777 family continued a steady sales momentum with 51 net orders in 2018. The 777 programme exceeded 2000 orders since launching. The 737 MAX family surpassed 5000 net orders in Dec-2018, with 181 new sales during the month. The 737 programme achieved 675 net orders in 2018, including sales to 13 new customers. SVP commercial sales & marketing Ihssane Mounir said: “More broadly, another year of healthy jet orders continues to support our long-term forecast for robust global demand that will see the commercial airplane fleet double in 20 years”.