Boeing announced that it would increase production of its latest-generation single-aisle, the 737 MAXpassing 31 devices at 38 per monthto reach 50 units per month in 2025/2026.
The announcement is a sign that the American aircraft manufacturer is recovering from supplier problems that had prevented it from increasing production. Although Boeing has set a target of 38 units per month by the end of the year, executives have signaled to their supply chain that the production ramp-up will begin as early as this month and expect delivery. 400 to 450 737 MAX 8 and 9 single-aisle aircraft this year.
However, the American aircraft manufacturer still faces challenges, “qwhether these are problems to be solved in our own factories or outside our walls in the supply chain and logistics routes”, said its general manager Dave Calhoun, referring to the recent collapse of a railway bridge over the Yellowstone River (Montana) which allowed the transport of 737 fuselages between the production plant in Wichita (Kansas) and the chain assembly plant in Renton, Washington. The fuselages continue to be shipped by train as close as possible to the collapsed railway bridge. A crane then transfers the fuselages onto trucks which cross the river on a road bridge. Finally, the fuselages are repositioned by crane on a train which transports them to the Renton assembly plant.
The drive to produce 38 single-aisle 737 MAX aircraft per month comes amid rising demand for transportation as airlines seek to grow their fleets in the post-pandemic period. In the second quarter of 2023, Boeing’s revenue rose 18% to $19.75 billion, beating expectations at $18.45 billion.