Orders and deliveries of latest Boeing planes stay depressed eight months into the grounding of the corporate’s 737 Max, leaving Boeing far behind Airbus, its chief competitor.
Boeing says that no prospects have cancelled orders due to the 2 lethal crashes involving the Max, however some orders have been switched to different Boeing fashions or misplaced due to airline bankruptcies.
Boeing mentioned Tuesday that Air Lease Corp., which leases planes to airways, changed an order for 15 Max jets with an order for 5 787s, a bigger aircraft used totally on worldwide routes. An unidentified buyer dropped an order for 3 Max planes after ordering a bigger Boeing 777 earlier this yr, Boeing mentioned.
Chicago-based Boeing mentioned it took 10 new orders in October, down from 24 in the identical month final yr, which included 14 Max jets.
The corporate delivered 20 industrial planes final month, together with 12 for the 787, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner. That’s down from 57 a yr earlier.
Boeing’s European rival, Airbus, mentioned Tuesday that it took 415 orders in October, with 300 coming in a single take care of IndiGo. The Indian low cost service ordered planes within the Airbus A320neo household, planes that compete with the Max.
Airbus mentioned it delivered 77 airliners final month, together with 56 within the neo class.
The decline in deliveries is hurting Boeing’s money circulation as a result of prospects pay a lot of the acquisition worth on supply. Within the third quarter, Boeing burned via $2.9 billion in money, in contrast with producing $four.1 billion in free money circulation a yr earlier, and it took on $5.5 billion in new debt.
Cai von Rumohr, an analyst with financial-services agency Cowen, mentioned Boeing’s deliveries had been higher than anticipated however orders had been “lacklustre.” He mentioned buyers are extra centered on when the Max will return to service and on the outlook for development in world air visitors.
Boeing’s shares ended Tuesday down $four.08, or 1.1%, to $362.88.
The Max has been grounded since March after two accidents killed 346 folks. On Monday, Boeing mentioned it hopes to renew deliveries of the Max in December and win Federal Aviation Administration approval of adjustments to the aircraft and a pilot-training course in January, clearing the best way for the aircraft to return to service in the USA.
Regulators in different nations are anticipated to take longer.