Deliveries of the American Boeing Company (BOEING) to its customers fell to their lowest level in more than 4 decades, at the end of last year, while the Corona crisis caused a decline in air travel activity in the United States by more than 60% during the month of last November.
Data from US aircraft maker Boeing showed on Tuesday that aircraft deliveries to customers fell about 60% in 2020, the largest drop in 43 years.
Boeing did not deliver any 787 Dreamliner aircraft in 2020.
According to the data, the company delivered 157 aircraft last year, including 39 aircraft last December, which included 27 Boeing 737 Max planes.
Boeing will pay more than $ 2.5 billion in fines and compensation in a settlement with the US Department of Justice in connection with the crashes of the 737 Max planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019, respectively, that killed 364 people and caused the plane to stop operating.
The settlement – which allows Boeing to avoid prosecution – includes a $ 243.6 million fine and compensation for the two airlines in question of $ 1.77 billion, and $ 500 million for the victims’ fund.
David Burns, Acting Assistant Secretary of Justice, said in a statement a few days ago, that the two incidents “exposed the fraudulent and deceptive behavior of workers in one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world.”
Undermining air travel
On the other hand, the US Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the number of passengers carried by airlines in the United States decreased by 61% in November compared to the same month of 2019, at a time when the Corona virus pandemic continues to undermine air travel.
This decrease is slightly less than a drop of 62% last October.
The 21 largest U.S. airlines carried 28.5 million passengers in November, down from 72.8 million in November 2019.
This is the lowest monthly decline since last April, when air travel activity plummeted to 3 million passengers, a decrease of 96%.