Boeing has reported its worst annual orders in at least two decades – as it remains in crisis over its 737 Max model.

The company also said deliveries of its planes slumped to an 11-year low last year.

It means the US firm has lost its title as the world’s biggest plane maker to European rival Airbus.

The 737 Max has been grounded since March after two crashes in which 346 people were killed.

Boeing said net orders after cancellations for 2019 totalled just 54 planes. That compares with 893 the previous year.

At the same time deliveries fell by 53% to 380 planes, the lowest number since 2007.

The company last month halted production of what had been its best-selling commercial airliner.

The grounding of the 737 Max means it is

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