The aircraft manufacturer said it is not canceling orders yet. But he has placed them in accounting uncertainty, which he uses when questions arise about whether the aircraft orders on his books can be fulfilled.
The company said Tuesday that it added 141 aircraft to that accounting classification in March. About two-thirds of those orders — or just over 90 — are for 737 Max aircraft, which have been hit by the war in Ukraine and related economic sanctions.
Over the past two years, the company has seen an increase in orders added to this accounting uncertainty as the pandemic caused demand for new aircraft to plummet. With March receipts, there are now about 950 commercial aircraft orders, which are considered to be of uncertain status, leaving Boeing with about 4,300 aircraft yet to be built.
Boeing data shows only 30 orders for 737 Max jets from Russian carrier Utair Airlines. But most Russian airlines order planes from Boeing and compete with Airbus through leasing companies. So, probably before the war, more Boeing aircraft were sent to Russia.
Boeing also announced seven more 737 Max aircraft ordered by the Ukrainian airline SkyUp.