Chicago - In April 2019, Boeing delivered 23 planes to its customers and received four orders for its currently grounded 737 MAX jet.
April deliveries of the U.S. aircraft manufacturer are the lowest since 1997. Boeing delivered 44 aircraft in the same period of the last year.
Boeing’s deliveries were severely hit following the crash of an Ethiopian 737 MAX 8 on March 10. It was the second crash of the type in five months, which ended up with a worldwide grounding of the MAX series jets. On March 14, Boeing suspended deliveries of 737 MAXs.
In April, Boeing delivered nine previous generation Boeing 737 jets that are not affected by the flight ban and 14 Widebody jets, including 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one Boeing 747-8 and one Boeing 777-300ER.
Boeing had a terrible month in terms of aircraft orders as well. The company had to drop 210 orders from bankrupt Jet Airways. The only order of the month came for four 737 MAX jets on April 26 from an undisclosed customer.
In April, Rival Airbus delivered 70 aircraft in total - three A220, 57 A320 (10 ceo and 47 neo variants), two A330, and eight A350. The European manufacturer received only five orders (two A330-800, three A350-900), but also reported five cancellations in the same period.