Chicago - Boeing delivered a record number of commercial aircraft in 2018, 806 aircraft against the 763 a year earlier. The manufacturer received 893 orders in the same period bringing its backlog to nearly 5900 aircraft.

The deliveries are mostly led by the 737 MAX and the 787 Dreamliner family aircraft. Boeing increased the production rate of the 737s to 52 aircraft per month in 2018 from the mid-year. The manufacturer delivered 580 Boeing 737 and 145 Boeing 787 last year.

Boeing also foresees a bright future for the market. The company forecasts a strong worldwide demand which will double the commercial aircraft fleets around the world in twenty years.

Rival Airbus will reveal its balance sheet for 2018 later today. The European aircraft manufacturer is expected to declare 800 aircraft delivered in 2018 which is under the initial target declared at the bebinn┼čng of the year.

Airbus had to reduce its delivery target of 820 aircraft due to problems with engine supplier Rolls-Royce.