Key Points:
  • Boeing reported delivering 46 narrowbody 737 aircraft in November, contributing to a total of 351 deliveries for the year.

  • The company is approximately 25 aircraft short of its revised annual target of 375-400 737 deliveries.

  • Boeing's October downgrading of its delivery target followed manufacturing challenges, while Airbus aims to reach its own delivery goal of 720 aircraft for 2023.

Boeing's Progress in Aircraft Deliveries

SEATTLE — Boeing has disclosed its delivery of 46 narrowbody 737 aircraft during November. This achievement has brought the American aerospace company's total single-aisle deliveries to 351 units for the current year. Boeing is now nearing its revised annual target, needing to deliver about 25 more planes to reach the lower end of its forecasted range of 375-400 737s for the year.

The breakdown of November's deliveries comprised 45 MAX planes and one 737 NG-based P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, according to sources. However, Boeing has chosen not to comment on these figures ahead of the official release of its November order and delivery numbers, scheduled for next Tuesday.

Adjustments in Delivery Targets Amid Challenges

Boeing had to adjust its original delivery target for the 737 program from 400-450 planes to the current estimate in October. This revision was necessitated by a manufacturing flaw identified at Spirit AeroSystems, a fuselage supplier for Boeing. The flaw led to extensive aircraft inspections, subsequently slowing down the delivery process. Reflecting these challenges, Boeing managed to deliver only 19 737s in October and 15 in September.

In comparison, Boeing's European competitor, Airbus, is on track to announce the delivery of 64 aircraft over the past month. This progress leaves Airbus 97 planes short of its ambitious goal of delivering 720 aircraft by the end of 2023. The ongoing competition between Boeing and Airbus remains a focal point in the aerospace industry, as both companies strive to meet their respective delivery targets amidst market and manufacturing challenges.