The contractor’s defense business was not as strong, as its profits and operating margin dropped compared to a year ago. Boeing’s third quarter defense revenue rose slightly to $8 billion.
Like Boeing, defense firm Lockheed Martin reported a double-digit jump in profits for the third quarter.
Boeing said Wednesday that production of its 787 Dreamliner, the commercial jet that has faced problems this year, would increase from 10 to 12 planes per month by 2016, and increase to 14 per month by the end of the decade.
Boeing's shares rose more than 5 percent to $129 on Wednesday.