Boeing has pushed its way to become leader of the aircraft manufacturer duopoly having posted 1,203 net orders during 2012. It also delivered 601 aircraft – its highest number since 1999. It is the first time Boeing has taken the lead since 2002. Sales were the highest since 2007, buoyed by the 737 programme, which broke the record for the most deals in a year by taking 1,124 orders. Included in this were 914 orders for the 737 MAX. To date, Boeing has delivered 49 787s to eight customers. The 777, which totalled 83 deliveries in 2012 and surpassed 1,000 since launch, won 68 net orders. Our employees rose to the challenge of executing several production rate increases in 2012—a truly remarkable performance," said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He added that Boeing will look to increase production again this year. Airbus is expected to have sold 900 aircraft last year, which would give it a 40 per cent market share. On its last calculation in December, Airbus had sold 721 aircraft, however, it is yet to announce its total orders.