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SEATTLEThe US planemaker Boeing delivered 26 aircraft in the first month of the year, a relatively stable 30 days compared to the abrupt collapse of orders in 2020, not only for the 737 MAX but also for its newly developed widebody 777X.

A fast pace of getting parked MAXs ready for airline customers meant Boeing delivered more jets than Airbus last month for the first time since the MAX was grounded. However, deliveries of other Boeing models remain very slow.

Airbus delivered just 21 jets in January. That included only 12 of the A320neo family of jets that is the rival to the MAX. Boeing’s January deliveries included 21 now-ungrounded 737 MAXs. Southwest took six of those, American and United five each, and Alaska two. The other three went to Copa of Panama and Gol of Brazil. At least 13 of those came from the store of MAXs that were built earlier and had been parked during the grounding of the plane. Boeing declined to disclose how many, if any, were newly built and rolled off the Renton assembly line.

As Boeing indicated on its last earnings call, it is still struggling to inspect and fix all the widebody 787 Dreamliners that have been rolling out with potential quality defects at the fuselage joins. For the third consecutive month, none were delivered in January. Boeing said “few, if any” will be delivered this month. Boeing’s other deliveries last month were a 737-based P-8 military jet to the Navy for hunting submarines, one 767 freighter to FedEx, one 777 freighter to China Airlines of Taiwan, and two 777-300ER passenger jets to aircraft lessor Novus Aviation Capital of Dubai.

The end of the 747 is in sight

On the sales front in January, the MAX order book shrank a little more and Boeing clarified the few remaining orders for the 747.

Customers canceled orders for two MAXs in January and a further 11 were removed from the backlog because the orders are now considered too doubtful to count, due to lack of customer financing. At the end of January, the official 737 MAX order backlog was down to 3,202 aircraft. In stark contrast, the Airbus backlog for the rival A320neo family of jets stood at 5,822 aircraft.

Via (Seattle Times)


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