According to Boeing’s latest figures, around two-thirds of all aircraft delivered in the second quarter of 2021 were 737 MAX planes. Today, the planemaker revealed that it delivered 79 commercial aircraft during the quarter, with 50 of those being from Boeing’s narrowbody 737 MAX family.
It is that time of the year again when significant players from across the aviation industry reveal their financial results from the second quarter. Ahead of its results, industry heavyweight Boeing typically reveals its expected deliveries for the quarter, although it doesn’t consider these confirmed until the full quarterly report is published.
50 Boeing 737s
Boeing today revealed that it delivered 50 aircraft to customers worldwide from the Boeing 737 program during the three months from April to June. According to data from ch-aviation.com, Aeromexico was the biggest customer of the quarter, accounting for eight of the 50 deliveries. Meanwhile, Southwest accounted for seven, TUI for six, and Flair Airlines for five of the plane.
Boeing is primarily delivering aircraft from the backlog accumulated while the 737 MAX was grounded. As a result, the oldest aircraft delivered were 2.38 years old, which went to TUIfly in Germany and Turkish Airlines. Only ten aircraft delivered to airlines are under one year old, including the three delivered to Ryanair during the period.
What about other aircraft models?
Of course, Boeing didn’t just deliver the 737 MAX during the last three months. The manufacturer delivered aircraft from five of its families in total. The largest plane delivered was the mighty 747. Boeing delivered a single 747 to a cargo customer during the period. Eight 767 freighters were also delivered during those three months.
The company’s popular widebody, the 777, also clocked eight deliveries during the period, with the newest product, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, clocking 50% more deliveries at 12 aircraft.
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How do the figures compare to last year?
The difference between Boeing’s deliveries in Q2 2020 and Q2 2021 couldn’t be more evident. A year ago, the aerospace giant managed just 20 deliveries across three months as it dealt with the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, tied with the ongoing 737 MAX grounding. Indeed, last year, the Boeing 787 was its best-seller, with seven of the aircraft delivered.
This year, the story with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is slightly different. Earlier today, Simple Flying reported that deliveries of the widebody had once again been affected by another new issue found with the aircraft. Boeing needs to fix the issue on undelivered aircraft before they leave its care. As a result, the manufacturer revealed that the production of the type would temporarily drop.
“[Boeing] has identified additional rework that will be required on undelivered 787s… the 787 production rate will temporarily be lower than five per month and will gradually return to that rate. Boeing now expects to deliver fewer than half of the 787s currently in inventory this year.”
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