Chicago - Boeing delivered considerably fewer aircraft in the first quarter of the year. Partly due to the safety problems with the 737 MAX jets, the number of deliveries fell by 24% compared with the same period of the last year.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes delivered 149 aircraft in the first quarter of 2019 against the 184 deliveries last year in the same period.
It is mostly due to the worldwide flight ban imposed on the Boeing's best-selling MAX series jets. After two fatal crashes in less than half a year, which killed 346 people, all Boeing 737 MAX Jets in service were grounded by civil aviation regularities around the world.
Boeing suspended 737 MAX deliveries upon this development and reduced its production. The manufacturer was expected to deliver 132 MAX series jets in the first quarter instead of 89.
Boeing 737 MAXs are no longer allowed to fly since mid-March.
According to The Financial Times, the entire 737 MAX debacle will cost the American aircraft manufacturer at least $ 1 billion a month.
A bright spot for Boeing in the first quarter was the 767. The number of aircraft delivered tripled from 4 to 12 for the same period. The 767 entered into service 40 years ago and the aircraft is still popular due to its low operating cost, especially among the freighter operators such as FedEx.
Deliveries from the other wide-body planes 747 (2, +0), 777 (10, -2) and 787 (36, +2) remained more or less the same compared with the first quarter of 2018.
The rival Airbus delivered 162 aircraft in the first quarter of 2019.