Boeing has delivered 266 aircraft in the first half year of 2023 and booked net orders for 567 airplanes, the airframer reported on July 11. Like Airbus, Boeing deliveries will be back-loaded if it wants to meet the full-year targets.
Looking at the second quarter, Boeing delivered 136 aircraft, so about the same as in Q1. With 103, most deliveries were 737 P-8As and MAX, ahead of the 787 (20), 767-2C and -300F (8), and 777F (5). In June, Boeing delivered 60 aircraft: 1 737 P-8As, 48 MAX. 1 767-2C, 3 -300Fs, 1 777F, and 6 787s, two of each sub-version 787-8, -9, and -10.
For HY1, Boeing lists 266 deliveries, including 216 737s and MAX, 32 Dreamliners, 9 767s, 9 777Fs, and the last 747-8F.
In the first six months, Boeing suffered from delivery delays caused by the vertical tailfin issue on the 737 and MAX. This resulted in fewer deliveries in April and May. If we look at the numbers for each month, January saw 38 narrowbody deliveries, February 25, March, 53, April, 18, May 36, and June 49.
Dreamliners were also inconsistent during the first six months and were 3 in January, 3 in February, 7 in March, 6 in April, 8 in May, and 6 in June. Production was affected by another shimming issue on the horizontal stabilizers that required additional inspections and repairs.
Boeing recorded 304 orders in June, thanks to the 220 MAX, 787s, and 777-9s from Air India that was confirmed during the Paris Airshow. Also confirmed during the show were 2 Dreamliners for ALC, 4 MAX for Akasa Air (main picture). Other June orders are 39 787-9s for Riyadh Air, 5 MAX for TUI UK, 4 MAX for Turkmenistan Airlines, plus 10 MAX and 4 777Fs for undisclosed customers. An order from Emirate for 16 777X is a re-contracted order that was de-booked and then listed again.
Year to date, Boeing says that it has recorded 527 gross orders. Net of conversions and cancelations the tally stands at 415, but adding 152 ASC 606 Adjustments, this brings net orders to 567. The net backlog stands at 4.879, of which 3.798 are MAX.
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