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Boeing loses 787 order, 'brushes off' 737 cuts

Boeing has lost its biggest order to date on its delayed 787 Dreamliner, which means it’s now lost one more contract this year than it’s won, Bloomberg said.

Boeing lost a deal for 25 787s from an unidentified customer, bringing to the total number of 787 cancellations this year to 59, versus 58 orders, it said.

Airbus has 11 net orders for this year, after selling 30 planes and losing orders for 19.

Despite the cancellations, Boeing still has 861 orders for 787s, its best-selling aircraft to date.

In the meantime, Boeing has said the company is preparing for a softening of demand for its popular 737 single-aisle jetliner, but that’s offset by an overcommitment of 737s. Although, said Boeing CEO Jim McNerney on a conference call with analysts and reporters, more 737 orders were moving out than moving forward.

Analysts — including Saj Ahmad of FleetBuzz — expect Boeing to cut 737 production next year. That will affect Spirit AeroSystems, which builds the 737 fuselage. Ahmad talks to Boeing about that in his blog.