Chicago - Boeing announced that October aircraft deliveries would be lower than expected because of the delays of engines and other aircraft components from suppliers.
Boeing warned airlines that the Boeing 737 deliveries of October would be shifted to November and December due to ongoing issues with the engine manufacturer CFM International.
The deliveries for the balance of the year will be backloaded. You’ll see a lighter October than you would typically, and you’ll see higher-than-production-rate delivery profile for November and December,Boeing Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith said during a conference in Chicago.
Boeing will announce its order and delivery figures for October next week.
Boeing is struggling to put the deliveries of its best-selling aircraft on the track since summer. The American manufacturer is suffering from the delays on fuselages, engines and other parts which caused a production bottleneck at its Renton plant.
Over 40 unfinished Boeing 737 had been parked around Boeing’s Renton final assembly plant and along the edges of the Renton Municipal Airport in August.
We’re still not fully recovered and don’t expect to until the end of the year,Smith added.
It's notable that his remarks came after the emergency airworthiness directive that was issued by FAA on November 7 addressing how to deal with the false speed and angle of attack data from sensors on the Boeing 737 MAX jets with regard to the Lion Air crash last week.
As of September, Boeing has delivered 568 aircraft since the beginning of the year. This keeps the American manufacturer ahead of its European rival Airbus which delivered 503 aircraft in the same period.