The company on Wednesday reported a much smaller loss in the first quarter, helped by improved deliveries
of the 737 Max, its best-selling jet that had been grounded for 20 months
by two fatal crashes
. The 737 Max began flying again late last year
But Boeing (BA)
said it doesn’t yet have a solution for a second grounding
of the Max due to electrical issues. And the company said the recovery in demand for commercial jets remains “uneven.” Jet demand has been badly damaged by the pandemic
Because of that, Boeing expects billions of dollars in additional costs from the uneven level of production at its factories.
Still, the company’s core operating loss came in at $353 million, a fraction of the $1.7 billion it reported on that basis a year ago. And its net loss was only $83 million, down from $1.4 billion in the first three months of 2020.
The company’s stock was down more than 1% in premarket trading.