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Boeing’s backlog falls by more than 500 jets this year as aviation’s coronavirus crisis deepens

Boeing’s order book for the still-grounded 737 MAX continued to shrivel in April as the novel coronavirus pandemic cut air passenger traffic by about 90% and pushed airlines around the world into financial distress.

And with production halted for most of the month to try to make its jet plants safe from the coronavirus, Boeing delivered just five commercial airplanes in April and one military derivative.

Customers canceled orders for 108 Boeing 737 MAXs last month. In addition, Boeing removed a further 99 MAX orders that had previously been booked from the official backlog. That leaves the company’s order book more than 500 in the red for the year.

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