Airbus extends lead over Boeing
(AP) — Airbus is stretching its lead over Boeing in aircraft deliveries as Boeing continues to be held back by the grounding of its 737 Max.
Chicago-based Boeing said Tuesday it delivered 19 planes in July, down from 39 in July 2018. It also reported that it received no new orders for the Max in July — the fourth straight month without an order.
European rival Airbus reported 69 deliveries last month, including 52 A320neo and A321neo jets that compete with the Max.
This year through July, Boeing has delivered 258 airliners. That’s down 38% from a year earlier, and far behind Airbus’ 458 deliveries.
Boeing halted Max deliveries in March after the second of two crashes that together killed 346 people.
New orders for Boeing jets have plunged 71% through the first seven months of 2019. Of the 139 orders in that period, 36 have been for 737 variants including the Max. In the first seven months of last year, Boeing logged 311 orders for 737s, mostly the Max.