ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — UPS is delivering for Boeing, helping boost the aircraftmaker’s August sales numbers with an order for cargo planes.

Boeing said on Tuesday it took orders for 26 planes net last month, the largest being an order from United Parcel Service Inc. for eight freighters. Arlington-based Boeing has also taken orders for 13 other 737 Max planes, including two for American Airlines.

Its European competitor Airbus took no new orders in August and canceled orders for 19 A350 planes from Qatar Airways due to an ongoing dispute over the quality of fuselage surfaces.

Boeing delivered 35 planes last month, a major cash-saver, compared to 39 by Airbus.

Two of Boeing’s deliveries were 787s – the model that Boeing has been unable to deliver for most of the past two years due to production flaws – to Germany’s Lufthansa and Dutch flag carrier KLM.

The official August tally did not include two 787s delivered to American Airlines because the planes needed to undergo more customization work, a Boeing spokesperson said.

U.S. regulators approved changes made by Boeing in late July to address 787 production issues.

Boeing deliveries included 27 Max jets last month, including eight to Southwest Airlines.

Cowen analyst Cai von Rumohr called the pace of shipments “weak” but said orders were strong for the generally slow August period.


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