Boeing orders, deliveries tumble as Max jet is grounded

An American Airlines jet takes off from Washington National Airport in Washington

It's the latest complaint in a growing number of claims against Boeing following two 737 Max crashes within six months.

Boeing said on Tuesday orders almost halved in the first quarter and the plane maker handed over far fewer aircraft, as it struggled with the worldwide grounding of its best-selling 737 Max jets following two fatal crashes.

American has 76 more MAX jets on order, though deliveries are on hold as Boeing works through a software fix, which will need regulatory approval.

Deliveries are financially important because that is when plane makers receive the bulk of money from airlines' purchases.

The company said yesterday that it had delivered 149 commercial aircraft in the first three months of the year, down from 238 in the preceding three months and 184 in the first quarter of 2018.

China has made a decision to accept an invitation to join the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) review panel on theBoeing 737 MAX, an official at the Chinese aviation regulator said on Tuesday.

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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg released a statement acknowledging the cause of the the recent Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accidents resulting from a chain of events beginning with the maneuvering characteristic augmentation system (MCAS).

The 737 Max, a new variant of the 737 family, is central to Boeing's future in its battle with Airbus and the likely workhorse for global airlines for decades.

737 MAX deliveries accounted for the highest totals in the first quarter for Boeing, which is lowering the aircraft's monthly production rate from 52 to 42 airplanes per month starting in mid-April.

The company had been ramping up MAX deliveries before the grounding, with the planes accounting for almost half of its deliveries in the last few months.

Shares of the airline fell 3 per cent after American said it now expects per available seat mile, a closely followed measure of airline performance, to be flat to up 1 per cent compared with the prior forecast of flat to 2 per cent growth.

Orders and deliveries of Boeing's 737 Max plunged in the first quarter as the plane was grounded around the world following a second deadly crash.

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