Boeing reports no new orders for 737 Max amid grounding


Air regulators are not expected to clear the model to fly again before the end of September as the company continues to work on fixing the aircraft's flight-control systems.

Boeing's second-quarter jet deliveries slid 54% from a year earlier to 90 aircraft, reflecting the toll from a global grounding of its best-selling 737 MAX after two fatal crashes. The Max has been grounded since March.

Boeing, which has halted deliveries of the top-selling plane since mid-March, reported 239 commercial plane deliveries in 2019 through the year's midpoint, down 37 percent from the year-ago period.

Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY +0.3%) confirms its H1 aircraft deliveries climbed 28% to 389 from 309 in the prior-year period, putting it ahead of Boeing (BA +0.7%) for the first time in eight years.

In the quarter running April, May and June, combined deliveries of 737 models fell to just 24 from 137.

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The deal with Airbus is worth $5.5 billion at list prices, although discounts are common. Boeing didn't count those as orders because the deal is not yet final.

It's a potentially troubling sign for Boeing, which has not seen customers divert orders to Airbus en masse.

This order will result in flyadeal operating an all-Airbus A320 fleet in the future. While customer payments have slowed, Boeing is still building 737s at a 42-jet monthly clip and stockpiling completed airplanes around the Seattle area and as far afield as San Antonio, Texas. The cancellation itself is a small dent in Boeing's backlog for the bestselling 737, including the Max version. The Chicago-based manufacturer is down 119 for the year with the 737 shedding 180 orders due to cancellations, conversions and an accounting rule.

Saudi Arabian Airlines booked its Airbus order at the Paris Air Show last month as part of 100 planes it plans to buy from Airbus, according to Sunday's statement from the carrier. "Boeing is proud of its seven-decade-long partnership with Saudi Arabia's aviation industry and we wish the flyadeal team well as it builds out its operations".

"We remain confident in the 737 MAX's return to service".