“More than 40 unfinished 737 jets are stacked around Boeing’s Renton final assembly plant and along the edges of the Renton Municipal Airport, many missing their engines and others awaiting installation of a variety of parts.” reported Seattle times. Many parked aircraft without engines are new 737MAXs.
Boeing’s most successful aircraft, 737 getting piled up for the first awaiting engines and other parts.
According the ST, apart from delay in deliveries of engines, there is a shortage of skilled blue collar workers to keep the production line active. Many experienced workers retired last year after taking voluntary buy-outs offered by Boeing.
Boeing also increased the 737 production rate to 52 from 47 per month, and many venders couldn’t keep up with the current production rate.
737 is the cash cow of Boeing, which channelled funds for research and development of new type of aircraft and any strain on 737 deliveries would affect the company in long run.
“It’s a combination of everything,” the Renton worker said. “The lay-offs, the production ramp up, the inexperience. It’s the perfect storm. It’s happening right now and it’s getting worse.” reported ST citing a worker.