SEATTLE (AP) _ Boeing Co. said Tuesday its commercial jet deliveries are nearly back on schedule as it has all but recovered from the 40-day strike earlier this year by its engineering and technical workers.

Boeing delivered 167 commercial jets in the second quarter ended June 30. In the first quarter, it delivered just 75 jets, compared to 125 planned and 148 delivered in the first quarter of 1999.

As of June 30, Boeing had delivered 242 planes, putting it in position to meet its goal of 490 deliveries by the end of the year.

``As promised, by the end of the second quarter, we have essentially recovered from the strike,'' said Boeing chairman and CEO Phil Condit.

Boeing shares were up 3 percent or $1.313 to $44.313 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Last year, European rival Airbus Industrie surpassed Boeing in commercial aircraft orders with 476 to the American company's 391. As of June 30 this year, Boeing had anounced orders for 322 passenger jets, compared with 234 for Airbus.

Airbus delivered 145 jets in the first six months of 2000.

Boeing engineers and technical employees staged their first major strike, starting Feb. 9, after contract negotiations stalled. Boeing and the workers eventually reached agreement and the workers came back March 20.