It took 11 months, but Boeing recorded the year’s first official orders for the 737 Max.
The planemaker booked orders for 30 of the grounded aircraft in November, following a pair of agreements that had been announced at the Dubai Airshow. After cancellations and conversions, Max orders remain underwater for the year, though increased to minus 73 from minus 93 the previous month, according to Boeing’s website Tuesday.
The new total buoys Boeing as it works to regain confidence in its top-selling model and return the Max to service amid a global grounding that began in March. The crisis has engulfed the Chicago-based manufacturer, which has had to contend with bruising headlines, wary customers and demanding lawmakers after a pair of crashes killed 346 people.
For the year, Boeing’s net orders for all models, adjusted for accounting considerations, rose to negative 84. The manufacturer is far behind its European rival, Airbus, which has logged 718 net orders in 2019.