Boeing also stated that the first 777X plane will be delivered in 2025, rather than the original target of late 2023, but expressed confidence in the programme.
During the quarter, the company launched the 777-8 Freighter with an order from Qatar Airways. Delivery of the first 777-9 airplane is now expected in 2025, which reflects an updated assessment of the time required to meet certification requirements. To minimize inventory and the number of airplanes requiring change incorporation, the 777-9 production rate ramp is being adjusted, including a temporary pause through 2023. This will result in approximately $1.5 billion of abnormal costs beginning in the second quarter of this year and continuing until 777-9 production resumes. The 777 program is also leveraging the adjustment to the 777-9 production rate ramp to add 777 Freighter capacity starting in late 2023.
Boeing has nearly completed the global safe return to service of the 737 MAX and the fleet has flown more than one million total flight hours since late 2020. The 737 production rate continues to increase and is expected to increase to 31 airplanes per month during the second quarter.
On the 787, the company has submitted the certification plan to the FAA. Rework has been completed on the initial airplanes and the company continues to work closely with the FAA on timing of resuming deliveries. The program is producing at a very low rate and will continue to do so until deliveries resume, with an expected gradual return to five per month over time. The company continues to anticipate 787 abnormal costs of approximately $2 billion, with most being incurred by the end of 2023, including $312 million recorded in the quarter.
Commercial Airplanes delivered 95 airplanes during the quarter and backlog included nearly 4,200 airplanes valued at $291 billion.
On the good side, Boeing announced that it had filed a certification plan to US air-safety regulators, paving the way for the 787 Dreamliner to resume deliveries, which had been suspended for nearly a year due to inspections and repairs related to a separate $5.5 billion industrial issue.