Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked at a Boeing facility next to King County International Airport, known as Boeing Field, May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.
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Boeing once again received no new orders for its troubled 737 Max jets last month as the worldwide ground support for the best-selling aircraft enters its sixth month.
The lack of Max orders in July marked the fourth Boight said Tuesday.
The decline could give European manufacturer Airbus, which reported 389 deliveries of commercial aircraft for the first six months of the year, the crown as the world's largest aircraft manufacturer. Airbus A320 aircraft compete with Boeing's 737 single-segment segment, which includes most flight orders.
Boeing 737 Max planes have been grounded since mid-March following two fatal crashes that killed 346 people. Investigators found similarities between the two crashes and implied an anti-stall system in both fatal incidents. Boeing has prepared software updates for the planes, but regulators have so far not said when the planes will get planes again. Both airlines and Boeing have been forced to park the grounded jets, canceling thousands of flights in the process.
Boeing reduced production of the 737 Max by about a fifth to 42 jetliners in the month of April. The company had originally planned to increase production to 57 a month. The Chicago-based jet maker has a backlog of about 4,600 737 aircraft.
Southwest Airlines said last month that it will withdraw from Newark Airport, where it offers up to 37 flights per day, allowing it to redistribute its lower-than-expected capacity to more lucrative markets, especially Hawaii.
The airline flew 34 Max before ground support, and is scheduled to deliver 41
In Europe, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair says it now plans to fly only 30 Max flights next summer, rather than 58 expected. CEO Michael O. Leary now says the airline is preparing plans to close some markets starting this winter.
In June, Boeing won the vote of confidence in the troubled 737 Max when British Airways & # 39; s International Consolidated Airlines Group said it plans to buy 200 of the jets. Boeing did not include the orders in the monthly schedule because the order is not finalized.
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