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Boeing’s Q1 commercial aircraft deliveries sink amid grounding

Boeings’ first quarter commercial aircraft deliveries slipped 19% year-on-year amid a global grounding of the 737 Max, the newest variant of its best-selling narrowbody.

The Chicago-based company handed over 149 commercial aircraft in the first quarter, down from 184 aircraft in the first quarter of 2018, Boeing says on 8 April.

The first quarter figures include 89 737s, down from 132 of that type one year earlier.

Boeing does not specify how many of the first quarter 737 deliveries were Max and how many were earlier-generation 737NGs. But Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows airlines took delivery of 29 737NGs in the first quarter.

Boeing delivered 61 widebodies in the first quarter this year, up from 52 in the same period last year, it says.

The first quarter widebody handoffs include two 747s, 12 767s, 11 777s and 36 787s, Boeing says.

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