Aerospace Airliner Sales in 1988 would see an increase over previous years. In 1984 airliner manufacturers in the United States had delivered only 188 new planes. But the demand for new aircraft strengthened each following year. Shipments totaled some 355 aircraft in 1987 and an estimated 380 airliners worth $13 billion in 1988. The backlog of orders continued at about 775 planes. American manufacturers like Boeing and McDonnell Douglas have dominated the U.S. domestic market and carved a commanding niche in the world market as well. Between 1980 and 1986, U.S. manufacturers accounted for 80 percent of the total value of commercial transports sold outside the Communist bloc. The European manufacturing consortium Airbus Industrie took 15 percent of the business.
In November the Boeing Company received an order from LOT, the Polish national airline, for three 767 wide-bodied planes worth $220 million. It was the first order for advanced U.S. aircraft ever received from an Eastern bloc nation making Aerospace Airliner Sales in 1988 one of immense importance.