In its Second-Quarter delivery results announced Tuesday, planemaker Boeing put out bleak numbers.
The company delivered 70 (Q2: 20) airplanes this year, down from 239 (Q2: 90) in 2019. Even the 737 family of planes, among the world’s most popular commercial jet liners, did not show encouraging figures. The number of these planes delivered in 2020 stood at 9 (Q2: 4) while in 2019 it was 113 (Q2: 24).
In the first quarter of this year, the firm managed to deliver 50 airliners in all (five 737s, ten 767s, six 777s and twenty-nine 787s).
"Our commercial airplane deliveries in the second quarter reflect the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our customers and our operations that included a shutdown of our commercial airplane production for several weeks," said Greg Smith, Boeing executive vice president of Enterprise Operations, chief financial officer and interim leader of Communications.
Even order numbers are bleak: Hit by two fatal accidents in 2018, Coronavirus and delays in fixing issues linked to the crashes, Boeing lost over 800 orders for the “troubled” 737 MAX.
Meanwhile, results for military aircraft are more encouraging with Boeing delivering more or less the same number of aircraft this year in comparison to the last.