Boeing pull back on 737 production rate as global grounding of 737MAX continues.
“we’re adjusting the 737 production system temporarily to accommodate the pause in MAX deliveries…”, and “We have decided to temporarily move from a production rate of 52 airplanes per month to 42 airplanes per month starting in mid-April.” says Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg in a statement.
Initially Boeing planned to increase the 737 production rate to 57 aircraft a month from this summer, but now it is trimming it down by 20 percent to 42 aircraft a month., lowest since June 2017.
The halt in MAX deliveries had left nearly-completed aircraft filling up on the parking space around Boeing’s manufacturing plants.
There are numerous suppliers who invested heavily relying on Boeing’s 737 production rate also will be affected if the rate cut continues.
However Spirit AeroSystems, the largest supplier of 737 fuselage and structural components to Boeing announced “the company will maintain its 737 deliveries to Boeing at the current rate of 52 shipsets per month..”.
“Spirit will store accumulated 737 MAX shipsets at its facilities. Those shipsets will then be transferred to Boeing to support their production plan.” …”This staggered production approach allows us and our supply base to better prepare for and support 737 production,” said Tom Gentile, Spirit AeroSystems President and CEO.