Boeing admitted a further delay in the certification schedule for the 737 MAX 7 and 737 MAX 10 versions on Wednesday. During an investor conference in the US, the planemaker said that the two jets are expected to enter service in 2023 and 2024.
“On MAX , we continue to work with certification. We anticipate it will close either later this year or early 2023. On the MAX 10, we continue to work with the FAA and anticipate closing certification by late 2023 or early 2024 “, said Stanley Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO.
Until then, Boeing stipulated the end of 2022 as the deadline for both jets, but the FAA itself (the US civil aviation agency) had already expressed disbelief that this goal would be achieved.
The new deadlines put the program at risk if the manufacturer fails to convince the US Congress to make an exception for the 737 MAX 7 and MAX 10 not meeting new safety legislation that will take effect in 2023.
This law requires a new warning system for crew members in case of problems such as the one that led to the accidents with two 737 MAX 8s. Boeing has already argued that if it is necessary to change the design of the new versions, perhaps even cancel the 737 MAX 10, for account of the costs and extra development time that would be added to the schedule.
800 aircraft delivered by 2025
Despite the delay, Boeing was optimistic about increasing its pace of production and delivery of commercial aircraft.
According to Deal, as of 2025, the company should eliminate the gap between production and aircraft inventory, which today remains high. At that time, the goal is to have delivered at least 800 commercial jets
For this, Boeing expects to achieve a production rate of 50 737 and 10 787 per month. Currently, 31 737 and five 787 aircraft are completed per month.