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Boeing delivered 748 commercial aircraft in 2016, maintaining its position as the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturer and almost matching its total for 2015.

Net orders, however, fell to 668, 100 fewer than in 2015, despite a big order from GECAS for 75 737 MAX 8 aircraft at the tail end of the year.

Accounting for cancellations, there were 550 orders for the 737; 17 for the 747; 26 for the 767; 17 for the 777; and 58 for the 787.

Meanwhile, Boeing delivered 490 of its best-selling line, the 737 – a rate of 41 aircraft per month for 2016.

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Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer has unveiled plans to ramp up its services offering by creating a new division focused on customer services and support.

Led by Johann Bordais, currently director of services and support for Embraer Commercial Aviation, the new division will begin operating in the first half of 2017 with a remit to develop support solutions for existing and future products and services, along with managing associated processes and resources.

The thinking behind the move appears to center on growth and integration, according to Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer president and CEO. “The new business will bring together capabilities that are currently spread throughout different business areas to offer customers a broad portfolio of solutions,” he said. “We see an opportunity to expand and integrate services and support.”

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MTU Aero Engines, the German OEM and maintenance provider, expects its profit margins to widen from 2018 as it winds down a phase of investment in research, development and tooling.

The Munich-based company produces the low-pressure turbine and first four stages of the high-pressure compressor for Pratt & Whitney’s PW1000G geared turbofan, which has now entered production.

Overall, that gives MTU about 15% of the PW1000G program, which is expected to deliver 350-400 engines next year.

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Boeing’s appointment of former GE executive Kevin McAllister as its new CEO of Commercial Airplanes marks the latest and most decisive step in its aftermarket evolution.

As head of GE Aviation Services since 2014, McAllister oversaw the engine manufacturer’s cash cow, and Boeing now wants him to mastermind rapid expansion of a new business unit, Boeing Global Services.

This unit will be headed by Stanley Deal, the former CEO of Boeing Commercial Services, which is to be rolled into Boeing Global Services along with Boeing’s defense and space support business.

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Boeing’s plan to build a new facility for its GoldCare aftermarket offering at London Gatwick Airport in 2017 has undoubtedly given the UK’s aviation sector a boost with the potential creation of up to 100 new jobs.
     
The U.S. aircraft manufacturer’s Gatwick announcement, subject to approval, follows on from a UK investment commitment targeting growth and job creation made at this year’s Farnborough Airshow – providing a timely lift amid the uncertainty emanating from June’s Brexit vote.
    
Yet even before the historic events of June 23, the OEM has seemingly long-viewed the UK as a key component of its European aftermarket strategy.

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