By DebbieH 13 Sep 2018 6 min read

Boeing “gets its arms around” setbacks in production

Boeing is reportedly considering to ‘ramp up 737 production’ in 2020, despite struggling with supply chain problems earlier this year. Speaking on Wednesday at a Morgan Stanley investor conference, Chief Executive, Dennis Muilenburg insisted that Boeing was recovering from the setbacks and planned to accelerate deliveries for the remainder of 2018 after employing an additional 600 workers.

He said, “All of the market signals are telling us that the market could support a production rate higher than 57 per month,” and “We are taking a close look. It’s pretty clear to me, the opportunity is there.”

“It’s pretty clear to me, the opportunity is there.”


Boeing started 2018 by producing 47 737’s a month. That figure soon rose to 52, but the setbacks meant that Boeing only produced 29 in July and 48 in August. Muilenburg said September would be a “little better” than that figure.

Delivery delays from engine maker CFM International, and fuselage manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems are thought to the be cause of the setbacks. Muilenburg said, “There has been a bit of a challenge with some of our supply chain,” and that production was further complicated by the line manufacturing both the 737NG and 737 Max. Muilenburg added, “Our recovery actions are taking hold and being effective” and that he was confident that they could “get our arms around it.”



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