Boeing 737 MAX 8

Amid scrutiny, Boeing delivered just 27 commercial jets in January

Only 25 737 MAX were delivered while planemaker registered just one order for three aircraft of the type in a result that was the worst since 2019

Haunted by quality problems in the manufacturing of the 737 MAX, Boeing had a month of January with poor results in deliveries and orders.

According to planemaker data, only 27 aircraft were delivered to its customers, 25 of them 737 MAX models. The orders were limited to an agreement for three of these jets from an unidentified customer.

In addition to the 737, Boeing delivered a single widebody 787-9 Dreamliner to lessor AerCap and a KC-46A, an aerial refueling variant of the 767, part of an order from the US Air Force (USAF).

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The delivery numbers are not only lower than 2023, when the company delivered 35 jets, but worse even than 2022, a year still under the influence of the pandemic and the grounding of the 737 MAX.

Door plug missing in Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9
The deactivated emergency exit of the Boeing 737 MAX N704AL (KGW)

No delivery target for 2024

Two years ago, Boeing had delivered 32 planes, 27 of which were 737 MAX. According to the company, there were three cancellations, two 737s and one 787 by Air Europa.

Deliveries were slightly below rival Airbus, which delivered 30 aircraft in January, but in terms of orders the European airframer fared better, with 31 jets sold.

The poor result comes amid production restrictions that forced Boeing to limit the 737 assembly rate to 38 aircraft per month instead of 42, as planned.

In a 2023 earnings call, the company’s CEO, Dave Calhoun, stated that Boeing does not intend to disclose a delivery target for this year.


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