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Boeing plane deliveries down 72% in August

Key Points
  • Boeing Co handed over around a quarter as many planes in August as it did a year ago.
  • Boeing continued to trail European rival Airbus SE, which handed over 500 aircraft in the same eight-month period.
  • The plane maker has not delivered any 737 MAX aircraft since the plane was grounded worldwide in March.
Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked in an aerial photo at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington
Lindsey Wasson | Reuters

Boeing Co handed over around a quarter as many planes in August as it did a year ago, pushing total deliveries so far this year down more than 40%, as the worldwide grounding of its best-selling 737 MAX jet enters its seventh month.

Regular monthly numbers from the U.S. plane maker showed deliveries totaled 276 aircraft in the eight months through August, compared to 481 last year.

Chicago-based Boeing has not delivered any of its 737 MAX aircraft since the single-aisle plane was grounded worldwide in March after two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

U.S. airlines have removed the grounded jet from their flight schedules until December or early next year.

The plane maker has said it expects to receive certification from the Federal Aviation Administration by October to put the jets back in the air.

Boeing is still playing catch up with European rival Airbus SE, which remains ahead with combined deliveries of 500 aircraft for the first eight months of 2019. Airbus delivered 207 of its A320neo jets, which competes with the 737 MAX.

Net orders after cancellations were a negative 85 aircraft so far this year for Boeing, compared with 95 for Airbus.