- prolonged 737 Max grounding
- 37% drop for the first half of the year
- up 28% from a year earlier
Airbus will overtake Boeing as the world’s biggest plane maker for the first time in eight years due to the prolonged 737 Max grounding. In new press release , Boeing reported 239 commercial plane deliveries in 2019, a 37% drop for the first half of the year, while its European rivals reported it handed over 389 planes in the same period, up 28% from a year earlier.
- big decline in deliveries
- following two crashes that killed 346 people
Boeing’s big decline in deliveries is due to the grounding of its top-selling plane since mid-March following two crashes that killed 346 people.
- delay aircraft’s entry into service
- withdraw preliminary order
A new problem identified with the grounded Max jets last month has delayed the aircraft’s entry into service until at least the end of September. It seemed the tide was beginning to turn for Boeing when the planemaker announced it signed a letter of intent to sell 200 737 Max planes to British Airways parent International Airlines Group.
On Monday, Saudi budget carrier flyadeal said it withdrew a preliminary order for up 50 Boeing’s grounded 737 Max jets and would instead buy up to 50 Airbus plane
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