Boeing falls behind Airbus in deliveries as 737 MAX crisis bites

Airbus is on track to overtake Boeing in commercial plane deliveries for 2019 after outpacing its U.S rival at mid-year following the 737 MAX grounding, according to data released on Tuesday.

Boeing, which has halted deliveries of the top-selling plane since mid-March, reported 239 commercial plane deliveries in 2019 through the year's midpoint, down 37 percent from the year-ago period.

Airbus reported 389 deliveries for the same period, up 28 percent from the same period in 2018, according to data on its website.

If the numbers hold throughout the year, Airbus could replace Boeing as the world's largest aircraft maker.

Boeing's big decline in deliveries confirms the extent to which the 737 MAX crisis has dented its standing following two recent crashes that killed 346 people.

Boeing in June again reported no new orders for the 737 MAX.

(Agencies)