Boeing adds eight 777s to its backlog

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Boeing has added eight 777s to its backlog, with industry sources indicating Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has boosted Boeing's 2011 order take for the long-range twin jet to 56.

The order from Aeroflot raises Boeing's gross order total to 165, with 117 net orders, following cancellations of 36 737s and 12 787s to date.

Further, a report in the Moscow Times indicates the order includes two 777-300ER and six 777-200ER aircraft.

Boeing, which has listed the order as belonging to an undisclosed customer, declines to confirm that the ordered 777s belong to Aeroflot.

Boeing is currently increasing the output of the its 777 final assembly line in Everett, Washington to 8.3 aircraft per month, or 100 aircraft per year, in 2013, a 42% increase.