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Boeing Struggles to Regain Momentum Amid Lingering Safety Concerns

Boeing continues to face challenges in attracting new orders for its commercial jets, with sales remaining stagnant amidst ongoing safety questions and production woes.

In May, the aviation giant reported a meagre four new jet orders, all for the 787 Dreamliner, with no orders for the troubled 737 Max. This marked a decline from the modest seven orders recorded in April and a significant drop from the 69 jets ordered in May 2023. Year-to-date, Boeing has received orders for 142 jets, reflecting a 36% decrease compared to the same period last year.

While Boeing secured an order for 85 of its planned 737 Max 10 from American Airlines in March, the model is yet to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for passenger flights. This order, however, represented a notable uptick in sales following safety concerns raised earlier in the year when a 737 Max jet experienced a door plug blowout during a flight, prompting federal investigations and production constraints imposed by the FAA.

The downturn in Boeing’s sales trajectory contrasts sharply with the robust demand witnessed in 2023, including a monthly record for orders in December. However, concerns about the safety of its manufacturing processes and the FAA’s regulatory scrutiny have dampened airlines’ enthusiasm for expanding their fleets.

In addition to sluggish orders, Boeing’s aircraft deliveries have also suffered. In May, the company delivered 24 jets, consistent with April’s figures but significantly lower than the 50 planes delivered in May 2024. Year-to-date deliveries have declined by 36%, impacting the company’s financial performance as most of its revenue from aircraft sales is realized upon delivery.

The disappointing sales report triggered a more than 3% decline in Boeing’s stock price, contributing to a year-to-date decrease of approximately 30%. As Boeing navigates ongoing safety concerns and strives to regain investor confidence, the aviation industry closely monitors its efforts to address production challenges and restore market momentum.

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