Rising commercial aircraft sales helped propel Boeing to a 29% increase in first-quarter net income to $692 million compared to a $535 million profit in the first quarter of 2005. Momentum from the manufacturer's record year for aircraft orders in 2005 carried into this year's first quarter as airlines booked 176 net orders in the three-month period. "Strong overall performance, combined with a significant increase in commercial airplane deliveries, drove this quarter's results," said ...

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