Firm sales of the Boeing 777 have broken through the 2,000-orders mark following a flurry of deals in December.

"In December, we won 17 net orders for the 777 from BOC Aviation and two unidentified customers, bringing the programme to 2,013 orders since its launch," says Boeing Commercial Airplanes' vice-president of marketing Randy Tinseth in a blog posting.

The 777 "has accomplished something no other widebody airplane has ever done: surpass 2,000 net orders," Tinseth adds.

The company says those deals announced by Tinseth in his 6 January posting bring to 51 the number of 777 orders Boeing received in 2018.

The company will release its complete full-year 2018 commercial aircraft order and delivery figures on 8 January. Airbus's full-year tallies are expected later this week.

Aircraft leasing company BOC Aviation announced in a December securities filing that it had ordered three 777-300ERs, with deliveries scheduled for 2020. But Boeing's other December 777 buyers remain unknown.

Boeing's database shows that at the end of November 2018 the company had delivered a total of 1,577 777s and had a further 419 aircraft on backlog, for a total of 1,996 firm orders.

Story updated to correct order data

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