Boeing revised its target for deliveries of 737 MAX jets after two structural manufacturing defects affected production. Instead of expecting to deliver between 400 and 450 aircraft of the model, the planemaker now expects to end 2023 with 375 to 400 jets shipped to customers.
“On the 737 program, during the quarter a supplier non-conformance was identified on the aft pressure bulkhead section of certain 737 airplanes. This is not an immediate safety of flight issue and the in-service fleet can continue operating safely,” explained the Boeing in a statement about its 3rd quarter results on October 25th.
Despite the downward revision in expectations, the company maintained plans to increase the monthly production rate of the 737 MAX to 38 aircraft by the end of 2023 and to 50 jets between 2025 and 2026.
The 787 Dreamliner program had the target of 70 to 80 aircraft delivered in 2023 maintained. Boeing expects to double the current production rate from five widebodies to ten planes per month by 2026.
Until September, Boeing delivered 280 737 MAX, 50 787 Dreamliner, 11 767-300F and 17 777F, both freighters, in addition to aircraft for military use.
Therefore, to reach the established goals, the US aircraft manufacturer will have to deliver at least 95 737 MAX and 20 787 Dreamliner by December.
In 2022, Boeing delivered 374 737 MAX, 31 787, 21 77F, 18 767-300F, five 747-8F and three 777-300ER. Much of the jets in a corridor, however, had already been ready for several months.