Boeing To Ramp Up 737 MAX Production Again

The Boeing Company reduced the production rate of its 737 MAX in mid-April, as a consequence of the grounding of the type. However, Boeing is apparently ready to ramp up the 737 MAX production again; according to reports, this will happen as soon as June.

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The 737 MAX is Boeing’s fastest-selling aircraft of all time. Photo: Wikimedia.

What are the details?

As we all know, all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft have been grounded since March 13th. At this time, it is not clear when the aircraft will be able to take to the skies again. We are still awaiting the certification of Boeing’s software update which is believed to fix the issue with the MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System).

According to Boeing, the MCAS update is ready for certification. Nevertheless, it might still take a while until the software update is approved by the FAA and ready to be implemented on the 737 MAX fleet.

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Grounded 737 MAX aircraft near Boeing field. Photo: Wikimedia

In response to the issues with the aircraft, Boeing reduced the 737 MAX production rate from 52 to 42 aircraft per month in the middle of April. Nonetheless, as reported by Leeham News, Boeing is getting ready to start producing more 737 MAX aircraft once again. As a matter of fact, the company has “told suppliers to keep producing parts, components, and the fuselage at rate 52.”

Boeing’s new production schedule

During the MRO Americas conference at the beginning of this month, Leeham News learned of Boeing’s intended production schedule for the aircraft. According to this “ramp-up plan,” Boeing will produce 42 737 MAX aircraft in April and May. However, in June, the aircraft manufacturer is planning on producing 47 737 MAXs.

After June, this rate will increase again, and the company expects to complete 51.5 aircraft in both July and August. Finally, in September, Boeing will produce 57 737 MAXs.

Before slowing production earlier this month, Boeing had initially planned to produce 57 aircraft starting in June or July. Based on the new plan, Boeing will only be a couple of months behind its original schedule.

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Boeing produced 52 737 MAX aircraft per month before slowing production a couple of weeks ago. Photo: Boeing.

Boeing 737 MAX orders

Based on data provided by the Boeing Company, there are currently 4,625 unfilled orders for 737 MAX aircraft (through March 2019). At 249 aircraft, Southwest Airlines has the most open orders. flydubai has open orders for 237 aircraft, while VietJet Air is awaiting the delivery of 200 aircraft.

According to CNBC, Boeing announced earlier this month that its total aircraft orders fell significantly in the first quarter of this year. As a matter of fact, last year the aircraft manufacturer received a total of 180 orders in the first quarter. This year, on the other hand, the company only received 95 orders. Furthermore, Boeing did not receive any new orders for its 737 MAX aircraft in March.

How do you feel about Boeing ramping up 737 MAX production again?

3 comments
  1. I live in Germany, and my wife and I would never fly in the 737-8 MAX 8. It’s a death trap. It’s a shame that in Europe Ryaniar is one of the biggest companies available that offers nice routes for fair prices, but they intend to renew their plane fleet with this model. We will always check the aircraft model for a certain route before booking, and would never go with this new piece of garbage, riddled with errors, faulty architecture (engine-wings), and all sort of other problems, due to Boeing’s cutting corners to beat Airbus in making this sort of new generation engine-efficient plane. The previous model, Boeing 737-800, that Ryanair uses, is relatively good, and would fly with it again (if there’s no other option), even tough just yesterday one of these as well was forced to land in Paris due to an engine failure (no oil pressure) on one side.

  2. I think that Boeing’s idea to step up the production of the 737 MAX ,upto the the same amount, before the 737 MAX were grounded globally on March 13th , was a decision misjudgement e , premature. Orders being cancelled by airlines , there’s an uncertainty how safe is the acft ?
    No date in sight as to when the grounding of acft will be lifted.Causing more annoyance and frustration for the airline customers.
    If Boeing increase production output starting now , rather than waiting till the grounding ban is to be lfted , and see if more Airlines Cancel their orders , otherwise I forsee Boeing in the situation of having more aircraft than orders.
    They would be able to sell these acft.
    The legacy of the 737MAX
    has taken a knock , And knocked from its “perch” position.

  3. I get the feeling that Boeing is taking the ‘Too big to fail’ approach to existing issues. Maybe they’re right but maybe they’re wrong. Time will tell!

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