With 737 MAX deliveries suspended, in July it delivered 51% fewer planes than a year ago
Boeing has made 258 commercial aircraft deliveries during the first seven months, 38% less than in the same period of 2018, when it formalized a total of 417, while the net orders of the US manufacturer remained in negative territory, with 88 net orders , according to the builder’s records.
The company has seen dramatically reduced the number of deliveries of its aircraft since last March, at which time the biggest crisis in its history was triggered by the 737 MAX veto, the fastest selling model in the history of Boeing, after starring in two serious accidents in just five months.
Specifically, in March Boeing made a total of 54 deliveries, 40% less than the 90 units delivered to customers the same month of 2018; in April it delivered 23 aircraft (-47%), on May 30 (-55.8%) and on July 19 (-51%), standing at the lowest level since November 2008. Boeing expects the 737 MAX model to return to fly “at the beginning of the last quarter” of this year.
Thus, Boeing closed the first half of its year with net losses of 793 million dollars (714.8 million euros) as a result of the paralysis of the 737 MAX model, after suffering a 66% drop in revenues from its commercial aircraft division in the second quarter.
For its part, Airbus, European rival of the manufacturer, made 458 deliveries until July, 369 of them with single-aisle aircraft, while in July it reached 69 deliveries. As of July 31, taking into account the latest orders, deliveries and cancellations, its portfolio pending delivery amounts to 7,198 commercial aircraft. In 2019, it expects to make more than 800 deliveries of commercial aircraft.
737 MAX CRISIS
The 737 MAX accumulates 4,550 pending orders with some 64 airlines worldwide, but the withdrawal of the model’s airspace by global air regulators caused deliveries to be suspended. The last one was held on March 11, a day after the accident in Ethiopia, to Aviation Capital Group.
When considering the relationship between both events, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), as well as the air regulators of about twenty countries around the world, vetoed the 737 MAX of airspace and airlines were forced
There are 387 aircraft of 36 airlines affected by this ban. Among the companies that have most affected this measure are the Southwest Americans with 31 737 MAX aircraft, Air Canada, with 24 aircraft in its fleet; American Airlines, also with 24 and United Airlines, with 14; the Asian Air China (16), China Eastern Airlines (14), China Southern Airlines (16) and flydubay (14) and the European Norwegian (18) and TUI (15).
Ryanair, which does not yet have this aircraft in its fleet, has ordered 135 Boeing 737 MAX 200 units, a modified version of the MAX 8, and has options for another 75 units. In Spain Air Europa, the Globalia air division, commissioned Boeing 20 737 MAX 8 aircraft, whose first deliveries were expected last April.