Boeing reported third-quarter core earnings per share (non-GAAP) increased 16% to $1.80, driven by strong performance across the company’s businesses. Third-quarter core operating earnings (non-GAAP) increased 20% to $2.1bn from the same period of the prior year. Third-quarter revenue was $22.1bn, GAAP earnings from operations was $1.8bn and earnings per share was $1.51. Core earnings per share guidance increased to between $6.50 and $6.65 and GAAP earnings per share guidance increased to between $5.40 and $5.55, reflecting the strong performance. The company also increased its 2013 operating cash flow outlook to greater than $7bn, which includes $1.5bn of discretionary pension contributions, and reaffirmed its 2013 revenue guidance.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes third-quarter revenue increased to $14.0bn and operating margin improved to 11.6% on higher delivery volume and continued strong operating performance. During the quarter, the 787-9 completed first flight. With the successful launch of the 787-10 and continued strong demand for the 787 family of airplanes, the company intends to increase the 787 production rate from 10 to 12 per month in 2016, with plans to increase to 14 per month before the end of the decade. Commercial Airplanes booked 200 net orders during the quarter. Backlog remains strong with nearly 4,800 airplanes valued at a record $345 billion.