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Boeing delivered 14 wide-body aircraft in the first quarter of 2021, including two 787 Dreamliners, indicating a very slow return in confidence among some airlines and continued growth among air cargo carriers.
But narrow-body deliveries still far outnumbered wide-bodies with airlines receiving some 63 737s from the US manufacturer.
Narrow-body deliveries are likely to continue to dominate the market in 2021 as airlines remain reluctant to part with precious cash and risk overcapacity.
Out of the 14 wide-bodies Boeing delivered, two were 787s for United Airlines, six were 777s, five were 767s and one was a 747. A number of the planes, including the jumbo jet, were freighter aircraft for cargo companies, which are struggling to make up for the lack of global belly-hold capacity.
Boeing’s orders have also climbed in March, outstripping cancellations for a second month running. The airframer reported gross orders of nearly 200 of its bestselling 737 Max aircraft, including a 100-jet sale to Southwest Airlines. After cancellations, conversions and other order changes, it posted net positive orders of 40 planes.
At the end of March, Boeing’s backlog stood at 4,054 planes, up from 4,041 at the end of February.