On the back of increasing airline demand, Boeing delivered 124 aircraft in the third quarter, up from 113 during the same period in 2009.

However, the US airframer has handed over 346 aircraft in first nine months 2010, slightly lower than the 359 delivered to customers through three quarters of 2009.

Boeing delivered 100 Next Generation 737s, three 767s and 21 777s in the third quarter, bringing the year-to-date totals to 281, nine and 56, respectively.

While its 56 777s delivered in 2010 equate to roughly seven aircraft per month, Boeing says it has not yet returned its largest twin jet to its max production rate.

Boeing announced in April 2009 that it would cut 777 production from seven to five aircraft per month by June 2010, reversing course in March as the global jetliner market rebounded early in 2010, prompting a return to seven aircraft per month by mid-2011, six months earlier than previously planned.

Boeing anticipates delivering between 460 to 465 aircraft in 2010.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news