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Boeing reports lowest yearly orders in 30 years

By Charlotte Ricca

Rival Airbus enjoyed more than double the amount of deliveries

Boeing reported its lowest number of yearly orders in 30 years, with 87 more cancellations than new business.

The US aerospace company delivered 380 aircraft in 2019, ending the year with a 5,406 backlog.

Its main rival Airbus, which is now the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, had more than double the amount, with 768 orders, 786 deliveries, and a 10-year production backlog on orders of 7,482 planes.

A Boeing spokesperson said the deficit “definitely has not happened in the last 30 years”.

The figures come as little surprise, considering the run of bad press for the company since the 737 Max was grounded last year. Boeing failed to take any 737 Max orders and also saw the cancellation of three 787 Dreamliners in December.

News of poor performance comes as a further blow for Boeing, who this week released hundreds of internal messages criticising the 737 MAX, with one employee saying the airplane has been “designed by clowns”.

Newly appointed chief executive, David Calhoun, has told employees returning the 737 Max to the skies is his "primary focus".

“We’ll get it done, and we’ll get it done right,” Calhoun said in a letter on Monday to Boeing employees.

Ryanair hopes to receive their first deliveries of the grounded aircraft by April, but the decision is ultimately down to the aviation authorities.

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