CHICAGO—The Boeing Co. said Thursday that third-quarter commercial aircraft deliveries rose slightly from a year ago and includes its first delivery of a 787 to a Japanese airline.
The company said it delivered 127 commercial aircraft in the quarter, compared with 124 a year ago.
One of those additional deliveries was the company's first 787, the new and long-delayed airplane the company calls the Dreamliner.
The first 787 was delivered to All Nippon Airways in September. Airlines have ordered more than 800 of the planes. By March, Boeing is to deliver 12 of the 787s to ANA, which is to receive all of the 55 planes it ordered by the end of 2017.
The most popular Boeing model remained the single-aisle 737, used frequently on domestic routes. Deliveries of that model remained at 100 in the third quarter, the same as a year ago. Deliveries of the longer-range 777 also remained static at 21, but the deliveries of the 767 rose to five from three.
Boeing said in January that it expected to deliver 485 to 500 planes this year. That estimate included 25 to 40 of the new 787s. Last year, Boeing delivered 462 commercial planes compared with 510 for European rival Airbus.
Deliveries in the defense and space business remained at 29 in the third quarter. That includes Apache and Chinook helicopters and F/18 fighter jets.
Boeing shares rose $1.29, or 2.2 percent, to $61.25 in early afternoon trading. Its shares are up from a 52-week low of $56.01 on Aug. 11. They are down about 24 percent from their high point for the past year of $80.65 on May 2.