Boeing airliner deliveries tumble amid problems with 737 Max

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2019

- American Airlines plans to continue canceling flights scheduled on Boeing 737 MAX jets through September 3.

Boeing said Tuesday that it delivered 30 commercial airliners during May, down 56% from the 68 it made in May 2018.

An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 21, 2019. Net orders for the first five months remained in negative territory, with a total of minus 125 net orders.

The Chicago-based company has 4,550 unfilled orders for the Max but stopped deliveries after regulators around the world grounded the plane following crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people.

This is the last order and delivery update from Boeing before the Paris Airshow, which kicks off next week.

The airline initially canceled flights for the Boeing 737's through August 19, but has chose to extend the cancellation.

Roughly 115 flights will be canceled each day.

Revelations of close ties between Boeing and the FAA in fielding the MAX led to a crisis of confidence among the public and airline pilots as well as some of the other agencies that regulate civil aviation.

Airbus delivered 81 aircraft in May, up 59% from previous year and 313 in the January-May period, a rise of 40%. It's working on changes to flight-control software implicated in the crashes.

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