Boeing announced on Wednesday that it was increasing the output of its popular 737 MAX narrowbody airplane to 38 per month from 31, a hint that the company was rebounding from a supplier glitch that had disrupted its ambitions for an early ramp-up. Boeing reaffirmed its intention to produce $3 billion to $5 billion in cash from operations this year and to ship at least 400 single-aisle 737s and 70 787 Dreamliners by the year 2023.
In response to the recent collapse of a railway bridge used to transport 737 fuselages, CEO Dave Calhoun stated the company still faces difficulties, “whether they be issues to address within our own factories or outside our walls within the supply chain and logistics routes.”
As airlines try to expand their fleets after the epidemic, the drive to build 38 MAXs a month coincides with increased travel demand.
Stan Deal, the president of Boeing Commercial Aeroplanes, stated in June that the business would increase narrowbody manufacturing to 38 a month “very soon.” A few days later, at the Paris Air Show, Boeing signed an agreement with Air India for the purchase of 190 MAXs as part of a larger 470 aircraft order that was shared between Boeing and Airbus.
Boeing’s commercial aircraft segment may be recovering, but its defence branch is still having trouble. A loss of $527 million was incurred in the second quarter as a result of problems with three significant fixed-price programmes, including NASA’s Starliner capsule, the T-7 jet trainer for the US Air Force, and the US Navy’s MQ-25 tanker drone. These problems were caused by failures on some fixed-price development programmes, labour unrest, and supply chain disruptions.