Boeing Deliveries Fall Again

Boeing has reported its orders and deliveries for February 2024, which once more represent a drop as it battles persistent issues.

Boeing has published its deliveries for February 2024, representing a drop as the plane maker battles persistent issues.

Boeing said it had delivered 27 planes during the month. While a drop, this represented only a one-aircraft decrease from the same period one year prior.

While this could be encouraging given everything that has hit the manufacturer it still is a decrease in a year they had planned several rate outputs to meet growing demand.

Manufacturers such as Boeing rely heavily on their single-aisle narrowbody offering, the 737 MAX. If this encounters issues, the figure will significantly drop.

Since the first week of January, Boeing has faced pressures not just within its business but generally towards this series, which saw deliveries delayed alongside planned production increases.

Boeing must regain stability and confidence before considering increasing production and, therefore, seeing these delivery figures rise.

However, the FAA barred a planned increase during their audit, which believed any increase would significantly impact Boeing’s ability to turn around its fortunes and generally focus more on safety.

Orders for Boeing products rose 15 during the month and thus brought the total to 18. Like Airbus, the year has started relatively slow for aircraft orders, but with several in the works, the expectation is this will grow over time.

Boeing’s figures show 54 aircraft deliveries through the end of February, primarily taken up by 737 MAX jets, highlighting their importance for the planemaker. A figure of 54 is also down from the first two months of the year prior.

Looking Ahead For Boeing

Boeing will need the remainder of the calendar year. The manufacturer will continue to attempt to regain trust from airlines and the general public, which will be important for its long-term recovery.

However, the manufacturer’s success will depend greatly on continued investigations, certification attempts, and more. As airlines battle delivery delays, they also equally face significant difficulties obtaining uncertified aircraft.

Due to these difficulties, airlines are forced to look elsewhere to cover lost capacity. This means a potential loss in business for Boeing and another boost for rival manufacturer Airbus.

Daniel Fowkes
17 Mar 2024
· Aircraft 

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