A year that featured soaring fuel prices, a slumping global economy and a 58-day machinist strike ended with 662 net commercial aircraft orders for Boeing, a steep drop from the record 1,413 garnered in 2007. The 662 orders is the eighth-highest annual total on record for Boeing. The 737NG again was the manufacturer's most popular model with 484 net orders. It sold 93 787s, "primarily [to] Middle East customers," as well as 54 777s, 28 767-300ERs and three 747-8Is. "While we clearly faced ...

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