Boeing records zero new MAX orders following global groundings

Boeing records zero new MAX orders following global groundings

It took 29 net orders for 737s in the first three months of the year, but it appeared that only 10 of those involved the Max, the latest version of Boeing's bestselling plane.

Boeing failed to win any orders for its 737 Max airliner in March as scrutiny of the plane increased following a second deadly crash in less than five months.

In this Monday, April 8, 2019, file photo, Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, built for American Airlines, left, and Air Canada are parked at the airport adjacent to a Boeing Co. production facility in Renton, Wash.

Figures on the Boeing website show that the company still has 4,703 unfilled orders for 737 jetliners and a backlog of 4,648 planes of the model as of Wednesday.

The airline now expects a key measure of total revenue to be flat or grow by 1% during the first quarter, compared to previous forecasts of a 2% increase. It is the first time in seven years the company failed to sell a single aircraft of this model.

A statement by Boeing on Tuesday said that the major programme deliveries during the period included deliveries under operating lease.

Last week, Boeing announced that it will cut production of 737s from 52 a month to 42 a month. Meanwhile, airlines that own the almost 400 grounded Max jets are canceling flights.

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Boeing said at the weekend it is cutting production of its 737 jetliner for the first time since the September 11 attacks in NY as the plane maker works to limit financial damage from the global grounding of its newest and best-selling aircraft model.

The family of a Minnesota man who died when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed last month has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Boeing, the manufacturer of the 737 Max aircraft that was involved in the crash and is now being investigated by US prosecutors.

"Boeing's CEO explicitly apologised to 346 passenger families", said Merdian Agustin, whose husband died in the crash.

Over the weekend, American removed the plane from its schedule for an additional six weeks, through June 5.

Boeing's shares, which have lost about 13% since the crash, were down 1.66 percent at $368.32 in afternoon trading.

American also blamed the government shutdown and 940 cancellations due to faulty work by a contractor on the interiors of several other Boeing planes.