An aerial view of the engines and fuselage of an unpainted Boeing 737 MAX airplane parked in storage at King County International Airport-Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, June 1, 2022.
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Boeing stated it plans so as to add a fourth 737 Max manufacturing line within the second half of subsequent yr because it targets greater output of its best-selling aircraft, an government advised employees on Monday.
The new line can be housed in Boeing’s large Everett, Washington, manufacturing facility, the place it has been transforming a few of its 787 Dreamliners and producing 777s and 767s. Until December, it had additionally been producing the 747 jumbo jet there.
«This endeavor is important,» Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, stated in a notice to employees, which was seen by CNBC. «In addition to making ready the power, now we have begun the method of notifying and making ready our suppliers, prospects, unions and staff as we take the required steps to create a brand new line.»
Boeing has been keen to extend manufacturing of the 737 Max, however CEO Dave Calhoun has stated the corporate is hesitant to ramp up output too shortly due to labor and provide chain strains.
It is presently producing round 31 of the jets a month and final week stated it’s aiming for a charge of fifty a month within the «2025/2026 timeframe.» The producer plans to rent round 10,000 staff this yr, it stated in a submitting on Friday.
It has a backlog of greater than 3,600 of these single-aisle plans, with carriers together with United Airlines, Delta Airlines and southwest Airlines ready for plans. Boeing booked 700 orders for brand new 737 Max plans final yr.
Boeing nonetheless plans to function three manufacturing strains on the Renton, Washington, 737 Max manufacturing facility, Deal stated. He pointed to demand for newer fashions just like the 737-10, the biggest within the household, which nonetheless hasn’t received regulatory approval.
Boeing plans handy during the last 747 it has produced to cargo service Atlas Air on Tuesday afternoon.