Boeing posted 73 new gross orders for the month of May 2021 but still 50 cancellations, and has released to its customers only 17 aircraft due to continued production problems.
For the fourth month of affiliation, the American manufacturer posted a total of positive net orders. Of the 73 purchases last month, 61 were for the re-engineered single-aisle family, including the conversion into firm orders of 34 options on 737 MAX 7s by low-cost airline Southwest Airlines (deliverable in 2022). Alaska Airlines has for its part converted thirteen MAX 9s into firm orders, SMBC Aviation Capital has taken fourteen additional MAX 8s, Lufthansa five additional 787-9s but also five 777Fs, the cargo plane also being the subject of six unidentified orders.
By removing the 53 cancellations or conversions of orders present, Boeing, therefore, posted 20 net orders in May. Since the start of the year, 380 gross orders have been recorded, with a total of 117 net orders.
As for deliveries, the 17th of May concerns the 737 MAX (10 in total for 777 Partners, Aeromexico, BOC, Fiji Airways, and Southwest), the 787 Dreamliner (a 787-8 for Uzbekistan Airlines, a 787-9 for Atlantis Aviation Corp.), 737-800A (one Poseidon for the US Navy), 767-300F (two for FedEx Express), 777F (one for FedEx Express) and 747-8i (one for Uzbekistan Airways).
Since the start of the year, Boeing has delivered 111 aircraft – a total limited by production problems with the MAX and 787). This leaves it with a backlog of 4983 aircraft still to be delivered, or 4121 aircraft after application of the ASC-606 accounting rule, including 3291 single-aisle, eleven Boeing 747, 93 Boeing 767, 290 B777 and 436 Boeing 787 Dreamliner.