On February 9, 2021, Boeing released its newest figures of orders and deliveries. The US aircraft manufacturer registered a total of 26 commercial airplane deliveries and four new freighter orders in January 2021, overshadowing Airbus’ results.
Following January’s figures, the Boeing 737 MAX accounted for the largest part of overall deliveries in January 2021, as the manufacturer delivered 21 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. 12 of them were handed to the US market: five to American Airlines (A1G) (AAL), five to United Airlines and two to Alaska Airlines.
The other nine MAX deliveries went outside North America. Copa Airlines received two Boeing 737 MAX jets while other seven MAX aircraft were delivered to leasing companies in Ireland and Hong Kong.
According to the latest figures, Boeing wide-body jet deliveries have remained relatively low, as many airlines stopped taking widebodies due to lower demand in long-haul operations amid travel restrictions across the globe. The company handed over only four wide-body jets, namely Boeing 777F to China Airlines, Boeing 767F to FedEx Express and two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to British Airways via the United Arab Emirates-based leasing company Novus Aviation.
Boeing’s only sales came in the form of four orders for the historic Boeing 747-8F aircraft from Atlas Air.
The return of Boeing 737 MAX boosted Boeing deliveries in January 2021 and helped it surpass its European rival Airbus, which reported 21 aircraft deliveries with no orders or cancellations. Airbus delivered three Airbus A220, 16 Airbus A320 family aircraft, namely four A320ceo and 12 A320neo, one A330neo and one wide-body A350.