Boeing delivers 35 airplanes in September, 787 dry spell continues

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SEATTLE, Oct 12 (Businesshala) – The Boeing Company (BAN) said on Tuesday that airplane deliveries rose to 35 in September as it benefited from a boom in domestic travel, but its 787 program is plagued by structural defects.

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It was 13 more than in August and 24 more than in September last year.

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Of the 35 jetliners delivered last month, 26 were 737 MAX passenger jets and one was a P-8 maritime patrol aircraft for the UK Royal Air Force.

The closely watched monthly snapshot comes as Boeing tries to recover billions of dollars in lost sales from the coronavirus pandemic, and moves ahead of the safety scandal caused by two fatal 737 MAX crashes.

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Boeing also said it delivered 8 widebodies, including one 747-8 freighter to United Parcel Service (UPS.N), two 767 freighters to FedEx Corp (FDX.N), and one 767 tanker to the US Air Force.

For the year so far, Boeing has delivered 241 aircraft, up from 206 a month ago and 98 for the first nine months of 2020.

Of these, 194 were for its best-selling 737 MAX jets, which returned to service in late 2020 after a nearly two-year safety ban.

But Boeing is grappling with structural defects in its larger 787, which have forced it to cut production and halt deliveries.

Total aircraft orders for September, after cancellations and instances where a buyer converted an order for one type of aircraft into another, was 22.

This included a contract for 16 737 Maxes, six 777 freighters and five P-8 aircraft for the German Navy.

Boeing also said that Air Lease Corp (AL.N) canceled an order for one 787-9, while GECAS, or GE Capital Aviation Services, canceled an order for four 737 MAX jets.

Boeing said it brings orders for the 710, or 302, so far after cancellations and conversions.

Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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