Boeing orders continue to outpace cancellations, Dreamliner deliveries continued to pause

A Boeing aircraft sits on the tarmac at the Boeing South Carolina facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, March 25, 2018.

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Boeing’s aircraft sales exceeded cancellations for the fourth straight month in May as customers like Southwest Airlines ordered more aircraft.

The manufacturer recorded 73 new orders last month, more than 60 of them for its best-selling Max aircraft as well as wide-body passenger and cargo aircraft last month, Boeing said on Tuesday. Customers Aeromexico and Norwegian Air Shuttle canceled Max orders, while an unknown customer canceled orders for five 787 Dreamliners.

Deliveries for the month totaled 17. Boeing stopped shipping 787 aircraft again last month as the Federal Aviation Administration reviews the aircraft manufacturer’s inspection methods. The handover of these aircraft to customers, from whom Boeing normally collects the majority of the aircraft price, was suspended for about five months until April due to production errors.

“I don’t think we’re going to introduce as many changes as we have in the last five months,” said Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun at the Bernstein Strategic Decision-Making Conference last week regarding the latest Dreamliner delivery suspension. “So we don’t regret any of this, but… it would be unfair of us to shove it down the throat of the FAA.

The tensions between the FAA and Boeing over the 737 Max, which lay on the ground for 19 months after two fatal crashes, cost the previous CEO Dennis Muilenburg his job in December 2019.

Boeing was 4,121 aircraft behind at the end of May, up from 4,045 a month earlier.

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