Boeing Gets Boost from Improving Order, Delivery Performance

 - March 9, 2021, 11:47 AM
Boeing delivered three 737 Maxes to United Airlines in February. (Photo: Barry Ambrose)

Boeing’s February order and delivery numbers have brought a measure of recovery for the company following a long period of depressed performance thanks to the Covid pandemic and the worldwide grounding of the 737 Max in March 2019. Boeing’s year-to-date net order total turned positive as the company reported Tuesday that its 2021 order count after cancellations and conversions stood at 29 airplanes by the end of February. After collecting just a single order for four 747-8s from Atlas Air in January, Boeing saw its gross order total increase to 86 during February, led by a deal for twenty-five 737 Maxes from United Airlines.

Deliveries, meanwhile, also surged, as the company shipped 22 airplanes in February, including eighteen 737 Maxes delivered to 11 customers. Boeing delivered a total of 48 airplanes during the first two months of the year, compared with just 30 during the same period in 2020.

A single 777-300ER to Aeroflot, a 767 tanker to the U.S. Air Force, and a 767-300F to UPS accounted for the company’s widebody deliveries, as for the fourth month in a row Boeing did not deliver any 787 Dreamliners. Continuing struggles tied to faulty body joins in some 80 Dreamliners has forced the company to delay the restart of deliveries until “late in the first quarter,” Boeing CEO David Calhoun said during the company’s last earnings call.