Boeing orders continue to exceed cancellations, Dreamliner deliveries still paused
A Boeing aircraft sits on the tarmac at the Boeing South Carolina plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, March 25, 2018.
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Last month, the automaker booked 73 new orders, including more than 60 for its best-selling Max jets as well as large passenger and freight jets last month, Boeing said on Tuesday. Customers Aeromexico and Norwegian Air Shuttle canceled orders for Max while an unidentified customer canceled orders for five 787 Dreamliners.
Deliveries for the month amounted to 17. Boeing again interrupted deliveries of 787 planes last month as the Federal Aviation Administration reviews the aircraft manufacturer’s inspection methods. The discounts for these planes to customers, when Boeing typically collects the majority of the price of an aircraft, had been on break for about five months until April due to production defects.
“I don’t think we’re going to introduce as many changes as we did during this last five-month hiatus,” Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions conference. last week, regarding the latest suspension of Dreamliner deliveries. “So we don’t regret any of this, but… it would be unfair of us to push the FAA down our throats. It wouldn’t be fair.”
Tensions between the FAA and Boeing over the 737 Max, grounded for 19 months after two fatal crashes, cost the former CEO Dennis Muilenburg his job in December 2019.
Boeing had 4,121 planes out of stock at the end of May, up from 4,045 a month earlier.