The number of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft heading to customers continued to rise in the third quarter as the US aerospace company delivered a total of 85 commercial aircraft.
However, there were no 787 deliveries as the company continued to grapple with production issues.
Figures released Tuesday show the aerospace giant delivered 66 Max family aircraft, compared to 50 in the second quarter. Of the other aircraft, two were &47s, 11 were 767s and six were 777s.
The deliveries brought the year-to-date total to 241, although this still lagged the 424 deliveries reported this week by European rival Airbus.
“We made important progress driving stability throughout our operations in the third quarter, as we prioritized safety and quality and worked to deliver for our customers,” the company said in a statement.
“Our defense and services teams delivered across several key programs. In our commercial business, we increased 737 MAX deliveries in the quarter, and progressed in safely returning the 737 MAX to service in more international markets”.
On the 78t, the planemaker said it continued to complete comprehensive inspections across the 787 production system and within the supply chain.
It was also holding “detailed, transparent discussions with the FAA, suppliers and our customers.”
“Production resources remain focused on inspections and rework and the 787 production rate remains lower than five airplanes per month,’’ it said.
“We will continue to take the time needed to ensure the highest levels of quality. While these efforts continue to impact deliveries, we’re confident this is the right approach to drive stability and first-time quality across our operations and to position the program for the long term as market demand recovers.”
Meanwhile, Boeing has told its 125,000 staff that they will need to be vaccinated by December 8 due to a presidential order applying to contractors.