Jan. 12 (UPI) — Boeing recorded its worst 12 months for internet plane gross sales in 2020, however gross sales picked up in December as its troubled 737 Max jet started to return to flight.

The corporate stated Tuesday that it recorded 184 gross orders for plane together with greater than 80 737 Max planes in December, however delivered simply 157 planes, together with 27 737 Max jets, its lowest complete since 1977.

As not too long ago as 2018, Boeing delivered a document 806 industrial jets, producing annual income better than $100 billion, whereas analysts forecast Boeing will report income of solely $58 billion in 2020 and $78 billion in 2021.

Prospects canceled orders for greater than 650 planes and Boeing eliminated greater than 1,000 planes from its backlog because the COVID-19 pandemic tremendously diminished air journey and the 737 Max was grounded in March 2019 after two deadly crashes that killed almost 350 folks.

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted the ban in November and American Airways turned the primary provider to return the 737 Max to the skies in December.

The corporate ended the 12 months with an order backlog of 4,223 planes.

“As we proceed navigating by means of the pandemic, we’re working carefully with our world clients and monitoring the gradual worldwide site visitors restoration to align provide with market demand,” Boeing CFO Greg Smith stated. “In 2021, we’ll proceed taking the best actions to reinforce our security tradition, protect liquidity and rework our enterprise for the long run.”