Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Boeing delivered 26 aircraft in January, one of the best known since the 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019.
The 737 MAX aircraft helped boost these sales, with 21 of the 26 aircraft delivered since the start of the year. The company was working on accumulating more than 400 737 MAX jets that were manufactured during its 20-month suspension period but could not be delivered.
The 737 MAX plane was stopped in March 2019 after two accidents that killed 346 people. The US Federal Aviation Administration did not lift the restrictions until late November 2020.
The deliveries are essential for Boeing, which posted a record loss in 2020, as the company gets most of its money from aircraft sales at the time of delivery. It is also important for the airline, despite the low demand for aviation, as the new aircraft are more fuel-efficient than the ones they will replace.
Boeing deliveries fell by 59%, affected by the twin crisis of the 737 MAX suspension and reduced demand for air travel due to the Corona pandemic. The airlines, which all recorded record losses last year, have suspended deliveries in a desperate attempt to preserve cash.
Among the 26 Boeing shipments delivered in January were two jets for Alaska Airlines, which became the fourth US airline to include this aircraft in its fleet. Alaska Airlines will begin flying the plane for the first time on March 1, and its executives say it will bring significant savings to the airline.