Boeing has closed in 2019 its year more black. The us firm has registered for the first time in decades, more cancellations than orders in the financial year (negative balance of 87 commercial vessels). In addition, he has announced this Tuesday that saw the highest drop in the number of deliveries in 11 years.
The year to forget began with two accidents, which left more than 300 dead, both with the star model for the short and medium range from the american manufacturer: the 737 MAX. One of them was at the end of 2018, in October, with an airplane of the airline Lion Air. The other, in march of 2019, the company Ethiopian Airlines. Two blows of which has still not managed to recover Boeing. In fact, 10 months ago banned the circulation of the model and it is still waiting to know when it will lift the veto.
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This has had a direct impact on the production. A clear example of this is the fall in the number of deliveries and, above all, have been more cancellations than orders in the year. In particular, there were 87 cancellations rather than orders in 2019. A spokesman for Boeing said he was not sure when the company lost for the last time, commercial aircraft orders in the year, but “definitely has not happened in the past 30 years,” he said.
To be allowed to cancel or modify orders prior to the accidents recorded, the aircraft manufacturer only received 54 new orders in the last financial year and its deliveries were less than half those of a year before. Only 10 months after the second accident of the 737 MAX, Boeing is still facing a delay of more than 5,400 orders of their aircraft for flights of long and short distance.
Meanwhile, its european competitor Airbus is living a sweet moment and taking advantage, in part, of the fall of Boeing. The european manufacturer announced earlier this month that it reached in 2019 768 orders, subtracted cancellations relevant, and delivered 863 aircraft, a record figure for the company.
Boeing has explained that its deliveries fell by 53% in the last year, up 380 units, since the prohibition of flight of the 737 MAX made it impossible to make the deliveries and he was forced to reduce its production by half at the beginning of January.Updated Date: 14 January 2020, 21:00