FAA chief Steve Dickson flies a Boeing 737 MAX, from Boeing Discipline on September 30, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.
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Boeing’s gross sales and deliveries of recent planes surged final yr as clients appeared past the Covid pandemic’s toll on journey demand, however the producer nonetheless ended 2021 behind chief rival Airbus.
Boeing handed over 340 jetliners to airways and different patrons, up from 157 in 2020, it mentioned Tuesday. The corporate’s shares added to earlier beneficial properties after the numbers have been launched and ended the day up 3.2% at $216.02.
The deliveries have been led largely by the 737 Max, which regulators worldwide had grounded for practically two years after a deadly crash in 2018 and one other in 2019. Airbus mentioned Monday that it delivered 611 planes final yr, up 8% from 2020.
The rise in deliveries was welcome information for Boeing, which has struggled within the wake of the crashes, the pandemic and manufacturing points which have paused handovers to clients of its 787 Dreamliners for a lot of the previous 14 months.
Chicago-based Boeing logged 909 gross orders for jets, greater than 700 for the Max, together with at the very least 50 for price range service and Airbus operator Allegiant. Gross sales of freighters have been one other brilliant spot, because of a surge in e-commerce demand and air freight with Boeing including orders from UPS, Atlas Air and FedEx.
That topped Airbus’ 771 gross industrial orders in 2021. Together with cancellations, Boeing’s web orders totaled 479 however that rose to 535, together with accounting changes, which provides or subtracts gross sales based mostly on airline monetary well being or different elements.
Boeing is scheduled to report fourth-quarter and full-year outcomes earlier than the market opens on Jan. 26.