Boeing studies one other 737 Max cancellations as airways put together to return the airplane to service

Boeing 737 Max aircraft are parked at the company’s manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, November 18, 2020.

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Boeing announced Tuesday that it had seen more cancellations than orders for its 737 Max aircraft last month as airlines prepare to return the jets to service after two fatal crashes.

U.S. and Brazilian officials last month re-released the planes for flight after 20 months of landing after nearly new Max jets crashed in 2018 and 2019, killing all 346 people on the two flights.

According to Boeing, customers like Virgin Australia and the lessor Air Lease canceled orders for 88 Max aircraft. However, Virgin Australia changed their order to include 25 of the 737 Max 10, a larger model expected to ship from mid-2023.

The Brazilian airline Gol will be the first airline to return the Max to commercial flights since its inception. The airline, one of the largest Max customers with 95 aircraft on order, plans to start Max flights on Wednesday from its hub in Sao Paulo, it said late Monday.

American Airlines is well on the way to becoming the first US carrier to resume commercial flights on the updated Max on December 29, with first routes between Miami and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Boeing’s order backlog in November was 4,240 aircraft compared to 4,275 in the previous month.

The company said it had delivered seven aircraft during the month, bringing deliveries to 118 in the first eleven months of the year, compared to 345 in the first eleven months of 2019.

The manufacturer and its main competitor Airbus are each affected by the coronavirus crisis as many customers are choosing to postpone deliveries or postpone new purchases.

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