Boeing's single-aisle logjam to be fixed by year end
Seattle - Boeing's aircraft delivery figures for August suggest that the U.S. manufacturer bounced back from a production tangle to deliver 48 single-aisle aircraft in August and surpassed rival Airbus for new orders.
Boeing’s 48, 737 family aircraft delivery in August is a significant improvement compared to the 29 single-aisle aircraft delivered in July. It was one of the lowest monthly scores in years, because of the ongoing supplier setbacks that made incomplete airframes to pile up at Renton.
On September 11, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer stated that it was performing well toward settling the production problems caused by delays from suppliers till the year-end.
Our team made good progress in August, and we’re focused on fully recovering the delivery schedule by the end of the year,said Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman.
Boeing deems Spirit AeroSystems and CFM International responsible for the late deliveries of fuselages and the new LEAP engines for the 737 MAX series.
In order to clear piled-up, incomplete airframes, Boeing should deliver on average 59 single-aisle aircraft each month by the end of the year.
To accomplish that, Boeing has transferred 600 workers to Renton from Everett and other facilities in the Puget Sound region. The manufacturer has also rehired some retired mechanics to support the existing workforce.
Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320 family airliners are cash cows for both manufacturers and workhorses for airline operators around the world. Each delivery means significant amounts of payments from airlines, but also new routes and additional revenue sources for airlines at the same time.
The American aerospace giant also announced that its 2018 net orders reached 581 aircraft as of the August 31st. This also includes 90 orders in August for 737 family jetliners from leasing companies and undisclosed customers.