Boeing airplane deliveries fell in 2010's first half, but its orders show strong signs of reviving, the company said Thursday.
The Boeing Co. officials said Puget Sound factories delivered 222 aircraft in the first six months of this year. That compares with 246 in the first half of 2009.
Part of that shortfall is due to the halt in deliveries of the 747 while the company begins building and testing the next generation of that jumbo jet, the 747-8.
While deliveries fell, orders have accelerated. Boeing reported 214 orders for the first half of this year compared with just 85 for the first half of last year.
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Boeing said its order book has grown by 177 planes this year.