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Boeing airplane deliveries slip 4 percent in first quarter

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner was the only airplane to see a rise in deliveries in the first quarter of 2017.
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner was the only airplane to see a rise in deliveries in the first quarter of 2017. Courtesy photo

Boeing delivered seven fewer airplanes in the first quarter of 2017 compared with a year ago.

The company’s total deliveries were 169 compared with 176 in the first quarter of 2016, according to information Boeing released Thursday.

Deliveries of its 737, 747, 767 and 777 were either lower or flat, while 787 Dreamliner deliveries increased by two airplanes between the quarters.

Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems manufactures major parts of all Boeing airplanes, including about 70 percent of the 737.

Boeing’s 787-10 Dreamliner took off Friday, March 31, 2017, from North Charleston, S.C., for a five-hour-long test flight. (Courtesy of Boeing)

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