July was no better for Boeing than the previous months, with no orders and only four deliveries, including two for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 43 cancellations of orders for the Boeing 737 MAX were again recorded last month, the backlog of the motorized single-aisle having officially fallen by 864 copies since it was immobilized on the ground in March 2019, following two crashes that claimed 346 victims.
After just one order in June 2020, the American aircraft manufacturer did not register any last month. 52 planes disappeared altogether from the listings in July, counting cancellations and readjustments due to accounting standards removing planes that will likely never be delivered. Among them, 43 Boeing 737 MAX canceled by the leasing companies ALAFCO, Avolon, and AerCap as well as by the airline company Canada Jetlines and a corporate client.
In the first seven months of the year, Boeing recorded 57 gross orders; in net orders, the result is -366 taking into account only cancellations and conversions of orders, and -836 including withdrawals due to accounting standards. For the MAXs alone, 416 were canceled and 448 removed for accounting reasons, a total of 864 which left Boeing with a backlog of 4,129 re-engineered single aisles (compared to 6,065 for the Airbus A320neo family).
On the delivery side, a sector equally affected by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, in July Boeing handed over two 787-9 Dreamliner to Air France, its tenth and last, and to Turkish Airlines; a 767-300F to FedEx and a 777F to DHL. This brings the number of deliveries made during the first seven months of the year to 79, and leaves the aircraft manufacturer with a global backlog of 5,185 aircraft, military aircraft included (compared to 7,539 for Airbus).
Recall that the 737 MAX assembly restarted in May, the FAA having in early August specified the remaining steps before its new certification; this could take place in October or during the fourth quarter. As for the 777X program, the fourth copy dedicated to the certification campaign was seen yesterday in Everett.
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