Airbus is stretching its lead over Boeing in aircraft deliveries as Boeing continues to be held back by the grounding of its 737 Max commercial jet.
Chicago-based Boeing — which builds its 787 Dreamliner wide-body plane in North Charleston — said Tuesday it delivered 19 planes in July, down from 39 in July 2018. It also reported that it received no new orders for the Max in July — the fourth straight month without an order.
European rival Airbus reported 69 deliveries last month, including 52 A320neo and A321neo jets that compete with the Max.
Through July, Boeing has delivered 258 airliners this year. That's down 38% from a year earlier, and far behind Airbus' 458 deliveries.
Boeing delivered a dozen Dreamliners in July, but only four of those were built at the North Charleston campus. The rest were assembled at Boeing's other Dreamliner plant in Everett, Wash.
Through July, Boeing has delivered 90 Dreamliners — 42 in North Charleston and the remaining 48 in Everett. That compares with 80 Dreamliner deliveries during the same period a year ago. Boeing this year increased production of the 787 from 12 to 14 per month, split between the two factories.
Boeing halted its Max deliveries in March after the second of two crashes that together killed 346 people.
New orders for Boeing jets have plunged 71% through the first seven months of 2019. Of the 139 orders in that period, 36 have been for 737 variants including the Max. In the first seven months of last year, Boeing logged 311 orders for 737s, mostly the Max.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said last week that the company has not suffered any order cancellations for the plane due to the grounding.
Flyadeal, a budget carrier in Saudi Arabia, dropped an intention to buy up to 50 Max jets and switched last month to the Airbus neo. It never signed an order with Boeing, however. Also last month, the parent company of British Airways said it intends to buy 200 Max jets, although it has not signed a firm order either.
Last month, Boeing reported its biggest quarterly loss — nearly $3 billion — after taking a $4.9 billion after-tax charge for the cost of compensating airlines that lost use of their Max jets.