737 Max von Boeing: Only slowly back on track
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The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing is introducing mandatory vaccination for contractors from US federal agencies as part of an order issued by President Joe Biden.
"By December 8, the approximately 125,000 US employees must either submit a vaccination certificate or - if medical reasons or a sincere religious belief speak against it - take otherwise recognized, reasonable protective measures," said Boeing.
The US airlines American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines as well as the aircraft parts manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems also declare that they will adhere to the deadline prescribed by Biden.
Economically, the group is only slowly getting back on track.
In the third quarter, only 85 passenger and cargo jets were handed over to customers.
In the course of the year so far, the deliveries add up to 241 machines, as the company announced in Chicago on Tuesday.
This puts Boeing well behind its European rival Airbus.
In the first nine months of the year, 424 machines were delivered and 40 machines were delivered in September alone.
In addition to the corona crisis, the main reason for Boeing's backlog is the long-term flight bans for the medium-haul 737 Max. The bestseller has only been allowed to fly again since November 2020 and must first gain trust from the airlines.
Production got off to a correspondingly hesitant start.
In addition, Boeing cannot deliver many long-haul jets of the type 787 »Dreamliner« for the time being due to technical defects and has cut production further.
However, in the current year, after deducting cancellations, the US group has so far brought in orders for 302 aircraft.
Airbus only had 133 newly ordered machines.
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