(Reuters) - Boeing Co
The numbers brought overall aircraft deliveries for the first nine months of 2018 to 568, up from 554 at the end of September a year ago and pointing to an easing of the production problems that had caused unfinished planes to pile up at Boeing's Renton, Washington plant.
Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg's had said last month only that September deliveries of the 737 narrowbody jetliners would be as good as August's 48 planes, as the company worked to deliver record numbers of planes for a second year running.
Boeing, which aims to deliver between 810-815 planes in 2018, is in front of its main rival Airbus SE
Boeing delivered 57 planes in September last year.
Europe's Airbus SE
Deliveries so far this year included 8 of the recently acquired Bombardier CSeries, now known as the A220. The Toulouse, France-based company expects to deliver about 800 planes in 2018, excluding the Canadian-designed A220.
Boeing is also ahead in the order race with Airbus, booking 631 net aircraft orders after cancellations in the first nine months of the year, well ahead of the 256 orders recorded by Airbus.
(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham)