United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner lands at London Heathrow International Airport in England, UK.
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Boeing’s aircraft sales in March surpassed cancellations for the second straight month as some airlines turn their attention to the industry’s recovery from the Covid-19 travel fee.
The manufacturer reported gross orders of nearly 200 of its top-selling 737 Max aircraft on Tuesday, including a sale of 100 aircraft to Southwest Airlines. Taking into account cancellations, conversions and other order changes, positive net orders of 40 aircraft were booked.
Boeing’s backlog at the end of last month was 4,054 aircraft, up from 4,041 at the end of February.
A total of 29 aircraft were delivered in March, including two 787 Dreamliners for United Airlines. Boeing resumed handing over the Dreamliners to customers late last month. This process was interrupted last year after production problems were discovered.
That’s 22 deliveries in March and welcome news for the aerospace giant. Most of the price of an aircraft is paid upon delivery, and the company is still grappling with the impact of the pandemic on aircraft demand and the 20-month suspension of its best-selling 737 Max.
Last week, airlines temporarily suspended more than 60 Max aircraft after Boeing reported a manufacturing issue that could affect an emergency power generator.