Boeing aircraft cancellations continue to outpace new orders

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The first Boeing 737 MAX 9 airliner is pictured at the company’s factory on March 7, 2017 in Renton, Washington. The 737 MAX 9, which can carry up to 220 passengers, is the second of three variants of the popular single-aisle model.

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Boeing logged orders for new freighter planes in May, but cancellations continued to outpace new business as the coronavirus roils the air travel industry.

The company reported nine orders and twice as many cancellations, which included a switch of a delivery slot for a 747 freighter for UPS, the company said.

The scrapped orders included 14 of its 737 Max planes, the beleaguered plane that has been grounded since March 2019 after two fatal crashes killed 346 people.

Boeing’s backlog shrunk to 4,744 planes, the lowest since 2013, including orders Boeing periodically removes from its tally due to financial trouble or other factors at some customers, a practice it didn’t have in place seven years ago.

Boeing’s stock has rallied close to 70% over the past month as signs of passengers returning to air travel lifted the sector, but its shares are still down more than 30% so far this year.

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