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Boeing received only orders for four new aircraft in May – and for the second month in a row, not a single one for its best-selling 737 Max. The consequences of the bursting of a Max side panel during a flight in January are ongoing.

The results published on Tuesday compare unfavorably with those of the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The group reported net orders for 15 aircraft for May – 27 of which were sold but 12 were canceled.

In addition, Boeing had to cancel Aerolineas Argentinas’ order for a single Max jet, bringing the company’s net sales for the month to three.

Boeing Co. shares fell 3% in afternoon trading.

The dismal results followed weak numbers for April, when Boeing reported seven sales – none of them for the Max.

Boeing hopes the low order intake reflects a lull in sales ahead of next month’s Farnborough International Airshow, where aircraft sales are often announced.

But the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is limiting Boeing’s production of the 737 after a door stopper on an Alaska Airlines Max burst, whistleblowers claimed Boeing took shortcuts to speed up production, and there were reports of falsified inspection records for some 787 Dreamliners.

Arlington, Virginia-based Boeing delivered 24 passenger planes in May, including 19 Max jets. Ireland’s Ryanair received four and Alaska Airlines three. Airbus said it delivered 53 planes last month.

Despite recent sluggish sales, Boeing still has a huge backlog of over 5,600 orders.


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