Boeing fails to get orders again and loses 737 Max customers in April
Airframer delivered just six jets last month and had 108 aircraft of its most popular model canceled
Faced with the need for a gigantic loan from the US government and after abandoning Embraer in a $ 4.2 billion joint venture, Boeing once again had a poor performance in deliveries and orders. In April, only five commercial planes were delivered – three 787 for United Airlines, one Dreamliner for American Airlines and one 777F for DHL -, besides one P-8A Poseidon for the US Navy.
No orders were closed last month, repeating the same situation as in January, which had not occurred since 1962. In the other hand, the US manufacturer has again had losses in orders for the 737 Max.
Lessors GECAS and CDB Aviation canceled a total of 98 orders for the 737 Max in addition to another 10 units of unidentified customers. Year-to-date, Boeing saw its backlog shrink 516 planes. The only models to have their orders increase were the 767 (2 units) and the 787, which accumulates a balance of 22 aircraft.
According to the company, the current backlog shows 5,314 planes to be delivered, 81% of them from the 737 Max. Boeing intends to resume production of the jet in the coming weeks, but it still needs to resolve a complicated situation, delivering more than 400 planes that are ready, but prevented from flying.
Boeing CEO David Calhoun said last week that he believes deliveries will resume by August. The jet is still pending approval by civil aviation authorities to return to commercial operation.