Seattle - Boeing delivered 46 aircraft in the first month of the year. It is two more than the 44 jets delivered in the same period last year.
Last year, Boeing delivered 806 jets in total. It was four less than its previously announced yearly target. The company struggled with the engine and airframe delays from its suppliers CFM International and Spirit AeroSystems in the second half of the year.
Against 46 aircraft delivered, Boeing has received 43 firm orders in the same period. The aircraft manufacturer gives signals of another year with record sales. Boeing aims to deliver 895 - 905 commercial jets this year.
Boeing will ramp up monthly production rates of the MAX and Dreamliner jets from the second half of this year. The manufacturer plans to increase its monthly MAX jet production to 57 from 52 while increasing 787 production to 14 from 12.
On the other hand, the rival Airbus delivered 39 aircraft in January 2019, which is 27 more compared to the previous year.
Airbus did not report any orders for the first month of the year against 13 cancellations from the customers, including an order for eight Airbus A380 from Qantas dating back to 2016 and five Airbus A220-100 from an undisclosed customer or customers.
The manufacturer delivered 800 commercial aircraft in 2018.