A Boeing 737 MAX jet lands after a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington on June 29, 2020.
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Boeing’s orders in April surpassed cancellations for the third consecutive month, but deliveries of the best-selling 737 Max aircraft are still paused as it seeks a solution to an electrical problem.
Boeing said last month it was halting deliveries of the planes, which were grounded for 20 months until November last year, after the company made repairs after two deadly crashes. It has been working on an airline service bulletin to address the newly discovered problem. The problem has taken more than 100 of the aircraft already with the airline’s customers out of service until it is completed and has taken longer than expected.
The company took orders for 25 new aircraft last month, while customers canceled 17, bringing net order profit for the month to eight.
Deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner, which resumed in March, resumed after a five-month hiatus in April due to another manufacturing defect. Boeing delivered nine Dreamliners last month, including one to American Airlines and one to United Airlines.
Boeing has 4,045 aircraft on backorder, with nearly 3,200 for Max jets and 433 for Dreamliners at the end of April.