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Report: Malaysia Airlines halts Boeing 737 MAX deliveries in 2020

Malaysia Airlines Berhad postponed the delivery of its 737 MAX aircraft orders from Boeing Co. scheduled for 2020 as the beleaguered jets remain grounded globally, Reuters reported, citing an email from the company.

Malaysia Airlines made the decision due to the delayed return to service of the 737 MAX planes and the suspended production of the aircraft, the report added. Five aircraft deliveries were planned for the airline in 2019, starting in July.

In April 2019, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. restructured its deal with Boeing to postpone the delivery of the first 737 MAX 10 aircraft order to July 2021 from November 2019, leading to a significant delay in the airline's capital expenditure.

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA also suspended the delivery of 14 units of 737 MAX aircraft that were initially scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021.

Boeing recorded negative orders for commercial airplanes in 2019 for the first time in 30 years reportedly, while its full-year aircraft deliveries more than halved from 2018.